26 May, 2007

I Quote.....

 I quote:

"Three passions have governed my life: The longings for love, the search for knowledge, And unbearable pity for the suffering of [humankind].

Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness. In the union of love I have seen In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of [people]. I have wished to know why the stars shine.

Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens, But always pity brought me back to earth; Cries of pain reverberated in my heart Of children in famine, of victims tortured And of old people left helpless. I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot, And I too suffer.

This has been my life; I found it worth living." - Bertrand Russel.

I am completely in agreement with Mr. Russel. How true it is: nothing relieves my loneliness, like knowing that there are people whom I care for and who care for me, and that - there are people whom I love and they too, do love me; I too, seek knowledge and to know what I don't understand and the unknown. But - always - the suffering, misery and the pain that goes on and on, all around, brings me back to Earth.