Saturday, 28 February 2009

The Paradox of Life

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain" -Khalil Gibran

How can two seemingly opposite emotions reside simultaneously within a person? If a person is filled with sorrow, how can joy possibly be experienced, and likewise if a someone is brimming with joy, where is there room for sorrow?

But of course, life is filled with great woe and extreme ecstasy as well as the rest of the spectrum. And without sorrow, would we even know what joy is? Surely, we must experience despair, hurt, anguish to know, appreciate, and live the bliss.

It's a bittersweet thought, but then again, so is life.

1 comment:

  1. maybe it has something to do with how much emotion and feeling one can hold, and the intensity of our emotions. the more deeply you feel sorrow, the more overall emotional capacity you have to experience feelings of joy.