The only dream worth having ... is to dream that you will live while you're alive and die only when you're dead ... To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or to complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.
Source: Arundhati Roy, The Algebra of Infinite Justice (India: Penguin, 2002), xxiii.
Thanks to Sojo for the referral.
Dr Geoff Pound
Image: Arundhati Roy