Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Grains of Sand

The post below got me thinking about great lines from literature that help put life (and man's place in the world) in perspective, and I remembered one of my favorite closing lines ever, from T.H. White's The Once and Future King. It comes at the end of the King Arthur epic, after Arthur has been laid low at the last battle and spirited off to Avalon, Lancelot has given up arms to become a monk, and Guinevere has become a nun. Everything has gone to hell in a handbasket, and you are wondering, what was it for? Did it matter? And in a broader sense, does anything matter? And White leaves us with this:

"The fate of this man or that man was less than a drop, although it was a sparkling one, in the great blue motion of the sunlit sea."

Yep-- that sounds about right to me.

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