Thursday, September 19, 2013

It costs so much to be a full human being .......

"It costs so much to be a 
full human being

that there are very few 
who have the enlightenment
or the courage, 
to pay the price.
One has to abandon altogether 
the search for security,
and reach out 
to the risk of living with both arms.
One has to embrace the world 
like a lover.
One has to accept pain 
as a condition of existence.
One has to court doubt and darkness 
as the cost of knowing.
One needs a will stubborn in conflict,
but apt always 
to total acceptance of every consequence 
of living and dying."

Morris L. West - from 'The Shoes of the Fisherman'