love your city

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October 31, 2011, 03:13
Filed under: floetry, trill

this is yiorgos. he lives in skafi, crete.
well, he has some animals.
he goes about his daily activities in complete solitude, save for the few people who roll through in the summertime. obviously intensely compelled to go and see him and learn everything. unbelievably beautiful photos of him

if you do not first lighten yourself and your soul of the weight of your burdens, moving about will only increase their pressure on you, as a ship’s cargo is less troublesome when lashed in place. you do more harm than good to a patient by moving him about: you shake his illness down into the sack, just as you drive stakes in by pulling and waggling them about. that is why it is not enough to withdraw from the mob, not enough to go to another place: we have to withdraw from such attributes of the mob as are within us. it is our own self we have to isolate and take back into possession.

we must unknot these bonds and, from this day forth, love this or that but marry nothing but ourselves. that is to say, let the rest be ours, but not so glued and joined to us that it cannot be pulled off without tearing away a piece of ourselves, skin and all. the greatest thing in the world is to know how to live to yourself.
michel de montaigne, on solitude   


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