Wednesday, July 29, 2015

№ 201. Thursday Book Find

Happiness. Birth. Sadness. Death. Suffering. Love. Comfort. Indifference. Fall. Weakness. Redemption. Strength.

Happy Feet are well worn by walking.
July 2015 Taal Food and Heritage Tour.

All the invisible stuff that our so-called life is made of. Do these metaphysical realities somehow explain the mass of the universe?

How does one deal with life, in general, and its many realities, in particular? An article lends some glimpses into the big reality of "suffering". Why the hell do we suffer anyway?

"Simone Weil knew when she considered how resisting our suffering splits the psyche asunder, and as Rilke knew when he wrote that “death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love,” the little girl soon finds out that locking away the pain also locks away her capacity for love and aliveness." (Brain Pickings)

I hope the book is available locally.

Bento Box:

By the way, if you read through the article there was a reference to "endpapers." 

First realization, there's now a name I know to that almost invisible reality. Belatedly, I have begun collecting second hand children's books (since the dark ages of law school). I sometimes prefer them over the adult books---the ones without photos, illustrations and drawings. Usually, the second hand books carry bookplates, dated library stamps, library cards, dedications, inscriptions, identification markers and other flotsam and jetsom of interest. Most of the time these details lie quietly between the covers and the main pages of a book---on the endpapers!

Second, realization E.B. White cared about them, too! Smugness and smores, I now have another trivia to pass on to the kids!

Third, just to define the tiger in the room: "end·pa·per (ˈen(d)ˌpāpər/) - noun. A blank or decorated leaf of paper at the beginning or end of a book, especially one fixed to the inside of the cover." (Wikipedia)

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