Yes it is. And it needs a certain kind of madness to understand and value the courage needed to do it.
Friday, January 6, 2012
" Never fall in love with death, but love it anyway and use that love to challenge yourself to live more fully, more meaningfully and more joyfully. The refusal to recognize the beauty of life, the refusal to dream the dreams even knowing them to be dreams only, the tendency to wallow in chronic despair and cynicism -- what else is death? Don't love this face of death, but death has other faces that will fascinate you.There is a romance about death, a mystery, a wonderment that it inspires like nothing else does, investing life with a glow it would otherwise never have.All the urgency about life, all the intensity it packs into each moment we experience, all the attachment to things we value-- all these draw their life from the presence of death at the end of it all. Without that, life would really be such a drab, uninteresting and meaningless tale."
Cynicism as an intellectual fashion is the safest hat to wear; we just love being told how bad everything is and is going to be. Saints and lovers however defy the trend as they have too much faith in them to care for the evidence. They are not quarreling with reality; they just know they are stronger than it.