Saturday, November 16, 2013

montaigne on experience

God shows mercy to those from whom he takes away life a little at a time: that is the sole advantage of growing old; the last death which you die will be all the less total and painful: it will only be killing off half a man, or a quarter…Everywhere death intermingles and merges with our life: our decline anticipates its hour and even forces itself upon our very progress.

let us now raze famous men by steve almond

We’re going to destroy ourselves as a species if we lose the capacity to imagine the suffering of others. One way to (avoid) do(ing) this – the best way – is via our imaginations, via storytelling.