A haiku from the article: In Florida, a Chance for Democrats to Win One Back
Seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.
Italo Calvino (October 15, 1923–September 19, 1985) in Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941-1985
Song: “When I Look at the World” by Lucinda Williams
Rise up if it kills you. I’m for the person who takes the bit in his teeth & goes after what he believes in.
Robert Henri to Anita Pollitzer in Lovingly, Georgia: The Complete Correspondence of Georgia O’Keeffe and Anita Pollitzer
Song: “Rise” by Eddie Vedder
“These people who can see right through you never quite do you justice, because they never give you credit for the effort you’re making to be better than you actually are, which is difficult and well meant and deserving of some little notice.”
― Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
“Everyone thinks writers must know more about the inside of the human head, but that’s wrong. They know less, that’s why they write. Trying to find out what everyone else takes for granted.”
―Margaret Atwood, Dancing Girls
“I have sometimes thought—that under the affectation of independent views you are as enslaved to the social code as any woman I know!”
― Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure
The self-renewing man … has mutually fruitful relations with other human beings. He is capable of accepting love and capable of giving it — both more difficult achievements than is commonly thought. He is capable of depending on others and of being depended upon. He can see life through another’s eyes and feel it through another’s heart…
The man or woman who cannot achieve these relationships is imprisoned, cut off from a great part of the world of experience. The joy and suffering of those we love are part of our own experience. We feel their triumphs and defeats, their hopes and fears, their anger and pity, and our lives are richer for it…
Love and friendship dissolve the rigidities of the isolated self, force new perspectives, alter judgments and keep in working order the emotional substratum on which all profound comprehension of human affairs must rest.
John W. Gardner in The Art of Self-Renewal
Song: “Dear Friend” by Eleni Mandell
Being alone in our present society raises an important question about identity and well-being.
How have we arrived, in the relatively prosperous developed world, at least, at a cultural moment which values autonomy, personal freedom, fulfillment and human rights, and above all individualism, more highly than they have ever been valued before in human history, but at the same time these autonomous, free, self-fulfilling individuals are terrified of being alone with themselves?
We live in a society which sees high self-esteem as a proof of well-being, but we do not want to be intimate with this admirable and desirable person.
Sara Maitland in How to Be Alone
Song: “Lonesome” by Dr. Dog