The Closing Lines

After correcting and updating the front page umpteen times,  as well as some of the other pages of this website, I felt the need to add a disclaimer. I wanted to warn eventual readers that the content to be found here is not static and far from complete. Silva Rerum is a work in progress, reshaped according to the facts that are unearthed, to connections that are made and to information that is built up. As I paused to think about this, Jack Kerouac came to mind. I make his words the closing lines to the disclaimer:

He saw that all the struggles of life were incessant, laborious, painful, that nothing was done quickly, without labor, that it had to undergo a thousand fondlings, revisings, moldings, addings, removings, graftings, tearings, correctings, smoothings, rebuildings, reconsiderings, nailings, tackings, chippings, hammerings, hoistings, connectings — all the poor fumbling uncertain incompletions of human endeavor. They went on forever and were forever incomplete, far from perfect, refined, or smooth, full of terrible memories of failure and fears of failure, yet, in the way of things, somehow noble, complete, and shining in the end.
(The Town and the City, 1950)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.