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On Vox: It Cost So Much

It costs so much to be a full human being that there are 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, and yet demand no easy return of love.  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 the total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.

-- Morris L. West The Shoes of a Fisherman, p.254 (1963)

Originally posted on patty.vox.com