20 September 2010


Most people on the planet are completely unknown to one another. Except for a small circle of kin and acquaintances, we come and go without the least acknowledgment. Even then, life-long friends are few, and relatives grow up, marry, move away, lose touch, or die. We have no living memory of family members four or five generations back -- what kind of pie they preferred, what ticked them off, whether or how they buttered their toast, how they sneezed, what pet phrases they had, how they liked their eggs, how ticklish they were, what they were allergic to, whether they could carry a tune -- and in four or five generations we will be equally unknown.

Why fight it? Why wait?

I find it much more interesting to settle into my obscure place in the universe with everything else that is not particularly known. What great company to keep!

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