We are all children of the same dark night

“It is a confession that we do not have such a prodigious head as is required to answer the question what is happening, that we cannot get on top of what is happening, that we are stuck in the middle of it, in medias res, inter-esse, amazed and bewildered. We cannot soar over what is happening with philosophy’s eagle-wings. What’s happening has clipped our wings.”-John Caputo

“There is no “answer,” no cognitive solution, to the questions that self-destructive people put. They are, I think, putting questions before which philosophers no less than their analysts (if they can afford one) are struck dumb, the difference being the philosophers’ ignorance comes cheaper. Moreover, self-destructive people do not require an answer so much as companionship. We are all children of the same dark night, inhabited by the same demons, haunted by the same spectres… It is not a question of finding an answer to the night of truth but of sitting up with one another through the night, of dividing the abyss in half in a companionship that is its own meaning.”–John Caputo

“I would like to beg of you, dear friend, as well as I can, to have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question.”–Rainer Maria Rilke

You are also the physician who must watch over yourself. But in the course of every illness there are many days in which the physician can do nothing but wait. –Rainer Maria Rilke

The joys that life has to offer are entirely internal. Life is like a game we enjoy playing. One desires life for the sake of life. “If someone asked life for a thousand years, ‘why do you live?’” Meister Eckhart said, “then if it could answer, it would say nothing other than ‘I live because I live.’” One is not trying to get somewhere with life, and it would make no more sense to offer someone help in getting where life is going—death—than it would to offer a jogger a ride in one’s car. In fact there are laws against offering such help. –John Caputo


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