The Cost of Living

It  costs so much to be a full human being 
that there are very few who have the enlightenment,
or the courage, to pay the price….

One has to abandon altogether the search for security,
and reach out to the risk of living with both arms.

One has to embrace the world like a lover,
and yet demand no easy return of love.

One has to accept pain as a condition of existence.

One has to court doubt and darkness
as the cost of knowing.

One needs a will stubborn in conflict,
but apt always to the total acceptance
of every consequence of living and dying.


(Morris L West.
The Shoes of the Fisherman. 1963)

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