October 09, 2003

Why Write from an Ordinary Life?

"At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time." - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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Posted by fred1st at October 9, 2003 03:06 PM | TrackBack

Great quote.

Reminds me of reading Thomas Merton saying that each individual is spoken like a word from the mouth of God. Each person's unique gifts are a source of revelation of Her goodness. Recognizing those gifts in one's self or others is a form of divine praise.

I understand that Nietzsche would likely balk at my exptrapolation of his views, but still.

Posted by: Cody at October 9, 2003 03:53 PM

I notice the word "diversity" here, and delight in the way it is put together with "in unity" to refer to a human being. "Diversity" has slid down the same path that "appropriate" went, and "challenge." So wonderful to see it used in a fresh way.

Posted by: trish at October 10, 2003 08:08 AM

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