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Monday, June 10, 2013

Words to start the week, courtesy of Jonathan Safran Foer via The New York Times"We often use technology to save time, but increasingly, it either takes the saved time along with it, or makes the saved time less present, intimate and rich. I worry that the closer the world gets to our fingertips, the further it gets from our hearts...


...everyone is always in need of something that another person can give, be it undivided attention, a kind word or deep empathy. There is no better use of a life than to be attentive to such needs. There are as many ways to do this as there are kinds of loneliness, but all of them require attentiveness, all of them require the hard work of emotional computation and corporeal compassion. All of them require the human processing of the only animal who risks 'getting it wrong' and whose dreams provide shelters and vaccines and words to crying strangers. 

We live in a world made up more of story than stuff. We are creatures of memory more than reminders, of love more than likes. Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be messy, and painful, and almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die." 

Read the rest of the article, entitled "How Not to Be Alone," here. Photo by Amanda Jasnowski. New POV post coming tomorrow - until then, have a lovely Monday!

15 comments:

little t said...

Beautiful words... and so true.

April said...

One of my friends on FB shared this article today, too. Now I guess I just have to read the whole thing.

Kristin said...

Wow. This was just a beautiful reminder! Sharing it on Facebook!

Mel said...

I love this. Thanks for sharing.

angela said...

Yes very true and well said!

Anonymous said...

Love this so much.

Paw said...

thanks, sho. it's lovely.

Carol Rial said...

Wow. No words now. Thanks for sharing, Shoko.

Anonymous said...

he's one of my favorites. thank you.

Shoko said...

April, yes, read it! It's so wonderful.

Kristin, great! So glad!

Kathy said...

Thanks so much for sharing this. I've been reading and re-reading it all day.

Anonymous said...

Well said.

--- said...

I love everything about this article, especially this: Simone Weil wrote, “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”

Cara Mia said...

i printed the entire piece today and sent it to someone i dearly love and miss. thanks for sharing. we have to hang out soon, neighbor... ;)
xo, c

Fräulein Katie said...

This is wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

I would like to pass it on as well, if that is okay.

xx katie

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