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Old 05-25-2011, 04:28 AM
Snowbunting Snowbunting is offline
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Default great online name, questioningperson!

Questioningperson, I really like your online name! Your post made me think of a passage that's often quoted in stuff I read (in the field of philosophy) - I thought I'd share it, just in case it rings a bell. It may not be what you're remembering, because the force of it is a bit different from what you described, but in any case, here it is:

"You are so young, so much before all beginning, and I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves ... Don't search for answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."

The passage is from a book by Rainer Maria Rilke called Letters to a Young Poet. It's from Letter #4.

Just for fun, I'll set out another passage, a passage that I came across (in Letter #7) as I was browsing around in the book. It's a passage that seems pertinent in relation to this forum:

"It is also good to love: because love is difficult. For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation."

Anyway, questioningperson, as I said, I think that your online name is terrific.

For what it's worth, I chose my online name, "Snowbunting", because snow buntings remind me of the area around Churchill, MB, one of my favorite places on Earth. And snow buntings (from what I've observed, at least during the fall) tend to hang out in groups - each individual is naturally part of a network, and the network is itself a really beautiful, dynamic, ever-changing whole.

Cheers,
SB
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