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Three passions ,simple but strong, have governed my life :the longing for love, the search for knowledge , and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind .Three passions or fellings ,like great winds ,have blown me here and there, in a wayward course, over a deep ocean of anger, reaching to the very edge of despair.|
I have been looking for love first, because it bings joy-joy so great that I would often have lost all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it .Next because it relieves loneliness------that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the old unfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it. Finally, because in the union of love I have seen in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and thought it might seem too good for human life ,this is what--at last--I have found.
With enough passion I have sought knowledge . I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to understand the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flax. And I have wished to see the hearts of men .A little of that ,but noy much, I have achieved.
Love and knowledge, so for as they were possible, led upward toward the heavens .But always pity brought me back to earth. Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart. Children in hunger ,rictims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a hated burden to their sons.And the whole world of loneliness, poverty,and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. Il long to alleviate the evil ,but I can not and I too suffer.
This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were affered me.