Tuesday, September 1, 2009

From The Zahir, by Paulo Coelho

"...I need you to write something about the new Renaissance."

"What's the new Renaissance?"

"It's similar to the Italian Renaissance of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when geniuses like Erasmus, Leonardo and Michelangelo rejected the limitations of the present and the oppressive conventions of their own time and turned instead to the past. We're beginning to see a return to a magical language, to alchemy and the idea of the Mother Goddess, to people reclaiming the freedom to do what they believe in and not what the church or the government demand of them. As in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Florence, we are discovering that the past contains the answers to the future."


It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn't matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over. Slowly, I began to realize that I could not go back and force things to be as they once were...


When the Unwanted Guest arrives...
I might be afraid.
Or I might say:
My day was good, let night fall.
You will find the fields ploughed, the house clean,
the table set,
and everything in its place.


  1. Mentially I agree, but physical enviorment still needs arranging until both are equal.

    But if today was the last day....it was good. Butterflies, soft breezes, blue sky, music, and happy yard.

    We must get back to the basics. Shelter, food, and sex. Life is too short to forget what is important.

  2. New and Renaissance are directly apposite. At the same time, the unattainable past cannot be recreated by utopian desires. Progress is not the answer -- it is the undeniable dictate.

    We must create our own realities. We can't go backward -- only forward.