On the recommendation of a friend whom I value I’ve been reading a travel book: Jupiter’s Travels by Ted Simon. I find it to be a riveting read as it provides me with a broader insight into the humanity as expressed in different places.
Ted has made it across Africa and now finds himself in South America. Delight at arriving there soon turns into despair when he finds himself seized by the shadowy police and he is facing the prospect of torture and death:
Up to that moment I had kept alive a last flicker of hope that my danger was all imaginary …….. It feels immodest .. to say … that I prepared myself for death…
Death itself, I soon realised, was not such a bad prospect. In a way I had invited it by embarking on this journey ….. It was not really death that bothered me then. It was pain.
By chance …. I had found a copy of Graham Greene’s Travels With My Aunt…. Greene’s stuff hero finds himself seized by the police in Paraguay. A policeman hits him, but he scarcely feels it. Then there follows a sentence which, in my hypersensitive state, I must have saved for emergencies”
‘Physical violence. like the dentist’s drill, is seldom as bad as one fears.’
…. I built on it like a piece of rock. I contemplated the possibility that the fear of torture might be worse than the torture itself …. I managed to let the fear go.
After reading this passage I found myself called to collect and share quotes which are in line with that which I speak-share on this blog. You can find these quotes on the Quotes tab (on the header next to the ‘home’ tab). I am committed to adding quotes as and I discover them.
Today, I wish to share with you three quote that particularly resonate with me in this moment:
What you do today is important, because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” Unknown
“Living life without making a difference is to be amongst the living dead.” Ron Travisano
“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” Bob Kerry