Being alive is not simply a matter of having a heart that beats, it is also being aware of how other hearts beat and other minds think in response to one another. The fatal disease that attacks the living is rigor vitae, rigidity of the mind, which burns up curiosity and replaces it with repetitive and numb routine; it is more dangerous than rigor mortis because it gives the illusion of being alive. One is only nominally alive if one is incapable of giving birth to thoughts one has never had before and of being inspired by what others think.

-Theodore Zeldin, The Hidden Pleasures of Life: A New Way of Remembering the Past and Imagining the Future

Posted by:Elsa

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