Thursday, 3 June
“LIfe is like that, he thought. We walk through blackness, wanting to go where we will go. But in the blackness we cannot find our way, and we walk in another direction. Sometimes we find, when we come out of the blackness, that it was a better direction after all, and it would have gone better for us to surrender to the unknowing, the uncertainty, than to insist upon the direction we had chosen. Maybe God permitted the blacknesses in all lives that we might let go, surrender, learn to trust in the guiding hand– or in no hand at all.”
This long quote is from the book; Dark Passage, published in 1998 and written by Richard S. Wheeler, who has written 60 or so books in the Western genre of fiction, which is supposedly a money loser. Not if Wheeler’s books are any indication.
The question is this; Why did the quote above seem appropriate with the card pictured here (made for a long ago Valentine’s Day, and long gone out of my inventory)? The card says; By all means marry; if you get a good spouse, you’ll be happy, if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher. This quote by Socrates, and today’s events prodded the inner philosopher to ask this– What the heck did I do to enjoy th karma that swooped down and smacked me in the face today? If this all seems a bit too out there to you, that’s because I’m being slightly obtuse in recounting today’s horrible events- to protect the innocent. And withhold pointing a finger at the guilty. Or some such folly.