Courage Is Relative

For my brother @Wandering Ether:

“No man would set a word down on paper if he had the courage to live out what he believed in.  His inspiration is deflected at the source.  If it is a world of truth, beauty and magic that he desires to create, why does he put millions of words between himself and the reality of that world?  Why does he defer action – unless it be that, like other men, what he really desires is power, fame, success.  ‘Books are human actions in death,’ said Balzac.  Yet, having perceived the truth, he deliberately surrendered the angel to the demon which possessed him.”

Henry Miller 
‘Why Don’t You Try To Write?’
From the Book, “Sexus” 

2 Responses to “Courage Is Relative”

  1. Read this on my way out the door this morning, and have been thinking about it all day now. Looked at it again soon as I came home. I’m conflicted over it’s meaning, the duality of it, but then, that’s good because it mirrors this life we all have found ourselves in. This speaks directly to my thoughts these past few years.

    Thank you, Max.

  2. Interesting, I will be thinking about this for a while. Thanks for provoking thought.

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