Wednesday, March 30, 2005


My buddy over at Snugg Harbor has an interesting post re the Schaivo dilemma and it got me to thinking of one of the best writers to ever live and what she had to say about such unsolvable conundrums.

Rebecca West once wrote, in Black Lamb and Grey Falcon:

Only part of us is sane; only part of us loves pleasure and the longer day of happiness, wants to live to our nineties and die in peace, in a house that we built, that shall shelter those who come after us. The other half of us is nearly mad... and wants to die in a catastrophe that will set back life to its beginnings and leave nothing of our house save its blackened foundations. Our bright natures fight in us with this yeasty darkness, and neither part is commonly quite victorious, for we are divided against ourselves and will not let either part be destroyed.

Damn, I love that woman's prose. She was a hottie too.