from The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Leonard Durso

“And again he thought the thought we already know: Human life occurs only once, and the reason we cannot determine which of our decisions are good and which bad is that in a given situation we can only make one decision; we are not granted a second, third, or fourth life in which to compare various decisions.
History is similar to individual lives in this respect…..

….History is as light as individual human life, unbearably light, light as a feather, as dust swirling into the air, as whatever will no longer exist tomorrow.”

translated by Michael Henry Heim

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11 thoughts on “from The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

      • Leonard, I had a post from a 781653779blogger living in your area. She posted the words to the song, Freedom. We spoke, ironically, about the disgrace we each feel for what is happening within each of our nations. I am left to wonder, is there anywhere across this globe where people are feeling hopeful?

        Sorry, I did get off point with your post, my rant has been building. I’m 63, I’ve lived my best days, but my two daughters, I would lay my life down for them. Greed has suctioned the sanity of those who hold the power. Even they are too stupid to realize their own corruption, and how they too will be consumed.

      • I understand your rant since I am actually a little older than you and have seen hope die not just in the US but here in Turkey as well. I would like to think the world will be a better place for all the sons and daughters and grandchildren of the world but having spent most of my adult years trying to make it that better world in my corner of the universe, I do not think the human race can move beyond self-interest as being the motivating factor in interaction between peoples and nations. I wish it weren’t so but history and the present state of things tells me otherwise.

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