Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Mental Snack (42)

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"If you knew what was going to happen next- if you knew in advance the consequences of your actions- you'd be doomed. You'd be as ruined as God. You'd be a stone. You'd never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You'd never love anyone, ever again. You'd never dare to. Drowned now- the tree as well, the sky, the wind, the clouds. All she has left is the picture. Also the story of it. The picture is of happiness, the story not. Happiness is a garden walled with glass: there's no way in or out. In Paradise there are no stories, because there are no journeys. It's loss and regret and misery and yearning that drive the story forward, along its twisted road." ~ Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

What do you think would happen if you knew all the consequences of your actions, almost like a god? Would you be happy? Choose only the best options with the best outcomes? Do you believe in parallel universes? 


Words A Day said...

Something I've been thinking about recently, wishing I knew at times!... looking back and wondering if I knew what could I do differently? But there are so many blessings on even harsh paths, every choice, even "good" ones are a sacrifice of sorts...
beautiful quote from Atwood, I guess we only know whats best in retrospect, but not being gods, will never really know whats "best" - and if there are no stories in paradise, it might not be for us!

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