Happiness is not the simple purpose of life but it is the ultimate purpose of all purposes of life.
Failure is the greatest teacher.
He was my husband, my apartment mate, my soul mate, the father of the little plant in my confused soil, the lover who had made me adore his body without inhibition after my years of relative solitude, the person for whom I’d given up my old self.
And worse, they’ll trample on it, inadvertently crush it, beneath a certain mediocrity inherent in professional competence.
The fact is television doesn’t simply reflect society’s values. In important ways, it also legitimizes them. And more and more in recent decades it has made even the most dubious “values” and behaviors seem normal and routine.
It is still news to her that passion
could steer her wrong
though she went down, a thousand times
across railroad tracks, off bridges
under cars, or stiff
glass bottle still in hand, hair soft
on greasy pillows, still it is
news she cannot follow love (his
burning footsteps in blue crystal
snow) & still
come out all right.
You are an idealist, which means that you are destined to be disappointed, and perhaps even wounded. You seek a gospel of benevolence and miracle, which leaves no room for the sorrows of existence.
And I want you to know, before we go any further, that Jesus came to free you from religion. To those who have been hauling around a long list of rules. To those who are pretending to be more than they really are. To those who are weighed down with the fear and guilt of religion. To all the fans who are worn out on religion, Jesus invites you to follow him.
In the morning, when the nothing vase casts a something shadow, like the memory of someone you’ve lost, what can you say about that?