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Truth (if only I could believe it)

"The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection, that one is sometimes willing to commit sins for the sake of loyalty, that one does not push asceticism to the point where it makes friendly intercourse impossible, and that one is prepared in the end to be defeated and broken up by life, which is the inevitable price of fastening one's love upon other human individuals." — George Orwell

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nodressrehersal
Feb. 19th, 2012 04:17 am (UTC)
Boy, that last point really ties in with your previous post.
patrick_vecchio
Feb. 19th, 2012 04:41 am (UTC)
That's exactly what I thought when I read it. But the more I think about the Orwell quotation, the more uncertain I am as to whether it provides comfort or instead confirms the idea of "a little older, a little more confused."
cwmackowski
Feb. 21st, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
Orwell can be tough to argue with.
inkling7
Feb. 24th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
"Fastening one's love" -- what a wonderful turn of phrase.
patrick_vecchio
Feb. 24th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
I hadn't thought of it, but now that you mention it, I'm wondering if "fastening" love "upon" someone sounds a bit one-sided.
inkling7
Feb. 25th, 2012 04:59 am (UTC)
It does. But that's not necessarily an inaccurate description of love, is it? Sometimes we love people in spite of themselves, or ourselves.
inkling7
Feb. 25th, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
^ That's in reply to your last comment, Pat. ^ I clearly can't handle this newfangled technology.
patrick_vecchio
Feb. 25th, 2012 05:06 am (UTC)
Movie-making has got you distracted.
inkling7
Feb. 25th, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
Touche. I did actually spend the last two days at work making a video. My week's allotment of tech skills are completely expended.
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