4.24.2005

The heaviest of burdens crushes us, we sink beneath it, it pins us to the ground. But in the love poetry of every age, the woman longs to be weighed down by the man's body. The heaviest of burdens is therefore simultaneously an image of life's most intense fulfillment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become.

Conversely, the absolute absence of a burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into the heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant.

What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?

           —Milan Kundera

3 comments:

  1. But in the love poetry of every age, the woman longs to be weighed down by the man's body.

    Huh. In my love poetry, the woman longs to sit astride the man and ride him like a horse. But then, I'm no Kundera.

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  2. Isn't Milan amazing? One of my favorite books, by a long shot.

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  3. I think he must've meant "In the love poetry of every aged man, the woman longs..."

    As for myself, I'll take a thousand points of heavy. I can admire the skills of those who choose light...

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