i’m just about to leave for the trip south and thought i would post this passage that i found online a few days ago. i don’t know what work it originally comes from – but it is attributed to hesse
“once again I love deeply everything at home, because I have to leave it. tomorrow I will love other roofs, other cottages. I won’t leave my heart behind me, as they say in love letters. no, I am going to carry it with me over the mountains, because I need it, always. I am a nomad, not a farmer. I am an adorer of the unfaithful, the changing, the fantastic. I don’t care to secure my love to one bare place on this earth. I believe that what we love is only a symbol. whenever our love becomes too attached to one thing, one faith, one virtue, then I become suspicious.”
and also, because it is related to themes of love and misplaced need – i have included my favourite derrick jensen passage here as well from A Language Older Than Words
“I know that beneath the fear and hatred, beneath the urge to control and destroy, far beneath the scarred shells that protect and define us, people are good.
Deep down our needs are simple: apart from food, shelter, and clothing there are the needs to love and be loved, for community, to be open to the world at large and for it to be open to us, to affect and be affected, to understand and be understood, to hear and be heard, to accept and be accepted. it is only when we fear that these needs won’t be met that we grasp at them, and in the grasping lose and chance of satisfying them. Love controlled is not love; just as sex demanded is rape and acceptance expected is subservience.
But if we fear, then demand we must, for to fear these needs will not be met is to fear for our lives as surely as if our lack of love and acceptance were instead the absence of food and water. With these deep needs unsatisfied we waste away, shrivel and die as from hunger or thirst. We die, but we go on surviving. The search for that which should have been there all along continues, but we can no longer receive it, nor even recognize it.”
more thoughts on these later…..