Saturday, November 22, 2008

On the border

"It takes so little, so infinitely little," writes Milan
Kundera in The Book of Laughter and Forgetting,
"for a person to cross the border beyond which
everything loses meaning: love, convictions, faith,
history. Human life—and herein lies its secret—
takes place in the immediate proximity of that
border, even in direct contact with it; it is not
miles away, but a fraction of an inch."

And yet, John Cheever says in his journals, "The
most wonderful thing about life seems to be that
we hardly tap our potential for self-destruction.
We may desire it, it may be what we dream of, but
we are dissuaded by a beam of light, a change in
the wind."


Truth Seeker said...

The two writers speak from perspectives on opposite sides of the line. But they do not appear to be very far apart.

ak said...

Alright - enough already. A puppy-patting post followed by maudlin musing is scary enough, but this silence is just too much.
(some of us have hung on and appreciated every word for years: would it kill you to pick up the phone?)

Mary McCallum said...

thanks denis for reminding me about kundera and his genius - using your quote took me off onto all sorts of places on my blog - thanks