Becoming Adult

When I seek ease in my struggles to accept the complexity of this world, I re-read this excerpt by Barry Lopez on becoming an adult:

“How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself?

If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox.

One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse.

There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.”

Barry Lopez


One comment

  1. Susan Dorian

    “To lead people walk behind them.” – Lao Tzu

    “Lead from behind.” – Mandela

    And Helge leading into the show with all he admitted to holding this week. A joy to see him give voice to the mystery; to this paradox. Yes, ‘from behind’. . .two arms reach to encircle. An earnest embrace faces forward.

    Wonderful show.

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