Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Make for yourself a world you can believe in.

"It sounds simple, I know. But it's not. Listen, there are a million worlds you could make for yourself. Everyone you know has a completely different one - the woman in 5G, that cab driver over these, you. Sure, there are overlaps, but only in the details. Some people make their worlds around what they think reality is like. They convince themselves that they had nothing to do with their worlds' creations and continuations. Some make their worlds without knowing it. Their universes are just sesame seeds and three-day weekends and dial tones and skinned knees and physics and driftwood and emerald earrings and books dropped in bathtubs and holes in guitars and plastic and empathy and hardwood and heavy water and high black stockings and the history of the Vikings and brass and obsolescence and burnt hair and collapsed souffl├ęs and the impossibility of not falling in love in an art museum with the person standing next to you looking at the same painting and all the other things that just happen and are. But you want to make for yourself a world that is deliberately and meticulously personalized. A theater for your life, if I could put it like that. Don't live an accident. Don't call a knife a knife. Live a life that has never been lived before, in which everything you experience is yours and only yours. Make accidents on purpose. Call a knife a name by which only you will recognize it. Now I'm not a very smart man, but I'm not a dumb one, either. So listen: If you can manage what I've told you, as I was never able to, you will give your life meaning."

A Convergence Of Birds
Jonathan Safran Foer

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I've been gone from here forever, I know. But now I'm back again! For now!

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back! Coming back this way soon? The beach misses you.

April 10, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I rejoice at your return!

And although I believe that having words and meaning *in common* is more powerful that creating one's own vocabulary, I firmly support not living by accident.

"Some people make their worlds around what they think reality is like. They convince themselves that they had nothing to do with their worlds' creations and continuations."

And I *can't stand* those people.

April 13, 2009  
Blogger aspyre said...

I've missed you too. It reminds me of a favourite Borges quote: "Let us admit what all idealists admit - the hallucinatory nature of the world. Let us do what no idealist has done - let us search for unrealities that confirm that nature."

April 14, 2009  

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