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| M2 Essays |
: curated mashups of a micro nature :
From The Sacred Journey, a memoir by Frederick Buechner
The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secure your life also against being opened up and transformed by the holy power that life itself comes from.
You can survive on your own. You can grow strong on your own. You can even prevail on your own. But you cannot become human on your own.
From "Epithalamion," a poem by Amy Sawyer
Glacial rivers erode mountains and steel blue water
carrying iron, sediment eventually meets the aquamarine
of the sea. Contrasting colors join like two countries
on a map. Their borders never static, but based on the whim
of water. We are all permeable, moving in and out of each other.
From "Live Mutual," an ad campaign by MassMutual
We come into this world needing others. Then we are told it's braver to go it alone—that independence is the way to accomplish.