Lightly Child, Lightly

Life should carry more meaning than the facts would bear. Which facts were these: we occupied a tiny corner of the universe, minor planet orbiting a minor star, in an even tinier corner of cosmological time. Still we wanted all of it, the sun and the moon and the firmament that held them, to be about us. This want had been bred into humanity, selected by nature, so it must have served some purpose once, but it had long outlived its usefulness… What was needed now was to know.

— Christopher Beha, The Index of Self-Destructive Acts: A Novel (Tin House Books, May 5, 2020)


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  1. niasunset says:

    So beautiful passage… Thank you dear Dave, Love, nia

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  2. We may never know only the tiniest bit

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  3. Redo : we may never know even the tiniest bit )

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  4. Realizing that it’s not all about us is our only hope.

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  5. How surprised some might be to recognize that they are not the center of the universe and how much larger their wonder would be if they did.

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  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Tiny corner of the Universe!! … “What was needed now was to know.” — Christopher Beha, The Index of Self-Destructive Acts: A Novel (Tin House Books, May 5, 2020).

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