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Today and Wind, Sand and Stars

20 April 2020

I cannot help but think of the myriads of today’s health care staffs, food/convenience/pharmacy store clerks and delivery persons when I read this passage about a man writing of his missing friend, Guillaumet…

“To be a man who had taken upon themselves the task of spreading their foliage over bold and generous horizons. To be a man is, precisely, to be responsible. It is to feel shame at the site of what seems to be unmerited misery. It is to take pride in a victory won by one’s comrades. It is to feel, when setting one’s stone, that one is contributing to the building of the world.

There is a tendency to class such men with toreadors and gamblers. People extol their contempt for death. But I would not give a fig for anybody’s contempt for death. If its roots are not sunk deep in acceptance of responsibility, this contempt for death is the sign of an impoverished soul or of youthful extravagance.”

–Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in Wind, Sand and Stars

 

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