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Pathways

Markings
by Dag Hammarskjold “I am being driven forward into an unknown land…” 

Fanshen: A Documentary of Revolution in a Chinese Village
by William Hinton “Long Bow village lies in the southeast quarter of Shansi Province on the high plateau country that butts against the back of the Taihang Mountains…” 

Carl E. Sagan (1934-1996) “I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking.” 

The Treatment by Daniel Menaker  “Leading or knowing about lives into which chance intrudes unignorably, with an untimely death or oil under the backyard or finding her phone number in your wallet when you thought you’d lost it or a bullet bouncing off a dog tag, helps you to understand where at least some of the impulse to make things up—to give form and meaning to what lies beyond our control—comes from. Our brains seem to require us to try to account for everything, to transmute the brute happenstance of our lives into logical, explanatory narratives. ……Fiction, most obviously, but all the rest of it – architecture, music, painting, sculpture, dance, the whole bag of meaning-hungry tricks – as well. All a grand con…..and poignant in its aspirations in each instance, and comforting overall in the lovely illusions it creates and in the way those illusions help to keep the huge black sea of what we don’t know from drowning us and in the paradoxical power of those same illusions to give us a bearable inkling of that dark sea’s depth and to take us to its shore and make us laugh in wonder and amazement or weep in dismay as the mighty waves of contingency sweep in and break in wild confusion.”

The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self
by Alice Miller “Experience has taught us that we have only one enduring weapon in our struggle against mental illness: the emotional discovery of the truth about the unique history of our childhood.” 

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