Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Lunch with Rainer

I was fussing today, trying to solve the mysteries of life, and asked Rainer Maria Rilke for advice:

RMR: Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
ME: Huh?
RMR: Good! That’s very good!
ME: No, I mean: What?
RMR: Excellent! You’re doing well!
ME: No, you stupid man, what do you mean, "Live the questions now"?
RMR: That’s it! You’re doing it!
ME: NO! Tell me what it MEANS!!
RMR: You’re a natural at this, aren’t you?
ME: Oh, bugger off! Fool!

Never have lunch with a dead bloke. All you get is indigestion.