Quote of the Day: Obliged to Pay Attention

We’re only here for a short while. And I think it’s such a lucky accident, having been born, that we’re almost obliged to pay attention…we are – as far as we know – the only part of the universe that’s self-conscious. We could even be the universe’s form of consciousness. We might have come along so that the universe could look at itself.

I don’t know that, but we’re made of the same stuff that stars are made of…we’re combined in such a way that we can describe what it’s like to be alive, to be witnesses. Most of our experience is that of being a witness. We see and hear and smell other things. I think being alive is responding.


Rainer Maria Rilke, 1875-1926, writer and poet from Bohemia (shared via my good friend Jeff Babcock).

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