Sunday, October 18, 2009

Floating and Sandstorms






"Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn't get in, and walk through it, step by step. There's no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That's the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine. ...

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.. And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about." ~ Haruki Murakami - Kafka On The Shore


3 comments:

Paul said...

"Our fundamental idea shall be that man as we know him is not a completed being; that nature develops him only up to a certain point and then leaves him, to develop further, by his own efforts and devices, or to live and die such as he was born, or to degenerate and lose capacity for development.
Evolution of man in this case will mean the development of certain inner qualities and features which usually remain undeveloped, and cannot develop by themselves.
Experience and observation show that this development is possible only in certain definite conditions, with efforts of a certain kind on the part of man himself, and with sufficient help from those who began similar work before and have already attained a certain knowledge of methods....
After this we must understand that in the way of development, man must become a different being and we must learn and understand in what sense and in which direction man must become a different being; that is, what a different being means." (1950, The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution p.8)
Ouspensky

Anonymous said...

I lie on my back and observe your most enjoyable skywriting. Find paradise Keiko!

stacy said...

The photography on your site is amazing... thanks for sharing the sandstorm story!