"Today, I think that if for no other reason than that an Auschwitz existed, no one in our age should speak of Providence."
Our altruism should be tamed with the knowledge that the dead have no voice.
"It is neither easy nor agreeable to dredge this abyss of viciousness, and yet I think it must be done, because what could be perpetrated yesterday could be attempted again tomorrow, could overwhelm us and our children. One is tempted to turn away with a grimace and close one's mind: this is a temptation one must resist...the sea's only gifts are harsh blows and, occasionally, the chance to feel strong. Now, I don't know much about the sea, but I do know that that's the way it is here. And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong."
"The entire world is trifling and futile. It ends in death and annihilation."- Ibn Khaldun-The Muqaddimah
It came to me the other day:
Were I to die, no one would say,
Oh, what a shame! So young, so full
Of promise — depths unplumbable!
Instead, a shrug and tearless eyes
Will greet my overdue demise;
The wide response will be, I know,
I thought he died a while ago.
For lifes a shabby subterfuge,
And death is real, and dark, and huge.
The shock of it will register
Nowhere but where it will occur.
- John Updike