An artist can take his personal sadness or his fear or his anger or his joy and crystallize it, giving it a life of its own…The arts offer the opportunity to do something that cannot be done anywhere else. It is the only place one can express in public the feelings ordinarily regarded as private. It is the place where a man or woman can be completely honest, where we can say whatever is in our hearts or minds, where we never need to hide from ourselves or from others.
- Aaron Copland
"To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you." C.S. Lewis
Life is not somewhere waiting for you, it is happening in you. It is not in the future as a goal to be arrived at, it is herenow, this very moment — in your breathing, circulating in your blood, beating in your heart. Whatsoever you are is your life, and if you start seeking meaning somewhere else, you will miss it. Man has done that for centuries.
…and now I’m remembering why I’ve never been able to finish watching Buffy. It gets too deep. I know that sounds awful, but right around the middle of season five it all gets so real. And that’s one of the things to love about a Joss Whedon show, he takes these ridiculous ideas like vampires and slayers and manages to still talk about real issues. But it always felt safer in the earlier seasons. Now it’s just all too real and I’m not ready for that yet. It’s scary…but it’s not the vampires and the monsters that are scary…it’s the real life stuff. And that concept is even scarier.