The cost of being a full human being

Yesterday I met a whole man.
It is a rare experience, but always an illuminating and ennobling one.
It costs so much to be a full human being that there are very few who have the enlightenment, or the courage, to pay the price…
One has to abandon altogether the search for security, and reach out to the risk of living with both arms.
One has to embrace the world like a lover, and yet demand no easy return on love.
One has to accept pain as a condition of existence.
One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing.
One needs a will stubborn in conflict, yet apt always to the total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.

–Morris West, The Shoes of the Fisherman

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