Relationships, modern communication, life philosophy…

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The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow, as if you might not be there tomorrow. It eliminates the vice of procrastination, the sin of postponement, failed communications, failed communions. This thought has made me more and more attentive to all encounters, meetings, introductions, which might contain the seed of depth that might be carelessly overlooked. This feeling has become a rarity, and rarer every day now that we have reached a hastier and more superficial rhythm, now that we believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people, more people, more countries. This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us. The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision.

 Anaïs Nin

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4 responses to “Relationships, modern communication, life philosophy…

  1. Rather poignant given that our communication technology is so much more rapid now than it was in her time – perhaps only by really slowing down and cherishing those random intimacies can we hope to provide the necessary counterweight to satisfy our all too human need for connection.

    • I’ve thought of these issues for so many years now…first reading EM Forster’s story – The Machine Stops – written prior to any computers or telecommunication (tho’ telephones were coming into existence). Only connect, as he would say in a later novel…

  2. Wholeheartedly is the only way to agree!!!!!

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