18 Jul
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Radiant Zigzag Borrowing

My back is much better today, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to stay at the computer for too long, so I’ll just take it easy and post this photo and quote from Radiant Zigzag Becoming, which is a lovely blog by my fellow Burma traveling companions, Jason and Jessica, which chronicals their continuing travels around the world (in this case, it’s a post from Provence).

“You see, for me that God of the clergy is as dead as a door-nail. But does that make me an atheist? Clergymen consider me one — so be it — but you see, I love, and how could I feel love if I were not alive myself or if others were not alive, and if we are alive there is something wondrous about it. Now call that God or human nature or whatever you like, but there is a certain something I cannot define systematically, although it is very much alive and real, and you see, for me that something is God or as good as God. You see, when in due course my time comes, one way or another, to die, well, what will keep me going even then? Won’t it be the thought of love?”

— Van Gogh, at 28, in a letter to his brother Theo


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