Thank goodness for love and creativity. My son, Amory, recently sent me this wonderful quote from Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch by Henry Miller:
"The Windows of the soul are infinite, we are told. And it is through the eyes of the soul that paradise is visioned. If there are flaws in your paradise, open more windows! VIsion is entirely a creative faculty: it uses the body and the mind as the navigator uses his instruments. Open and alert, it matter little whether one finds a supposed short cut to the Indies--or discovers a new world. Everything is begging to be discovered, not accidentally, but intuitively. Seeking intuitively, one's destination is never in a beyond of time or space but always here and now. If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things. Which is to say that there are no limits to vision. Similarly, there are no limits to paradise. Any paradise worth the name can sustain all the flaws in creation and remain undiminished and untarnished."