i love books that make me think… most books make me think….but there are some that make me think more than others….they feed me with more thoughts of the author….normally, i just am impressed by the author’s thoughts… it is only much later that i think about what that thought means to me, or if i agree or not….
my instinct used to be to just disagree…..now i fill the space of available for my reaction with silence….it’s better to think about what you think than just go with typical reactions, i think.. =)
anyway, so i’m only half way through “shantaram” (the book) and i’m a slow reader, but i am enjoying every bit of the book…
today, i came across this…
a thought, that i dont know what to think about…but i am intrigued by it..
“what characterises the human race more, Karla once asked me, cruelty or the capacity to feel shame for it? i thought the question acutely clever then, when i first heard it, but i’m lonelier and wiser now, and i know it isn’t cruelty or shame that characterises the human race. it’s forgiveness that makes us what we are. without forgiveness our species would have annihilated itself in endless retributions. with out forgiveness, there would be no history. without that hope, there would be no art, for every work of art is in some way an act of forgiveness. with out that dream, there would be no love, for every act of love is in some way a promise to forgive. we live on because we can love and we love because we can forgive.”
a totally unrelated song….but a great ‘first thing to hear in the morning’ =D