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As a Day, 3 Passions Could Be the Meaning of Life

Love, knowledge, and humankind resembles the mornings, afternoons and nights

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Three passions have governed my life:
The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of humankind

#1 Longings for love

In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined

#2 Search for knowledge

I have wished to understand the hearts of people.
I have wished to know why the stars shine.
Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens.

#3 Pity for the suffering

Cries of pain reverberated in my heart
Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless.
I long to ease the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer

Image of the Bernard Russell prologue manuscript reproduced from Naturalthinker.net

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