Simply to see

Suddenly everything comes together. I know why I am here. I know the purpose of human life. There are moments when we – and I – manipulate, destroy, create, cure. But our true place in all this is so simple. To notice. To appreciate. That’s all.

Dyckman, Garvin & Liebert, The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed, p.86

Other animals do not need a purpose in life. A contradiction to itself, the human animal cannot do without one. Can we not think of the aim of life as being simply to see?

John Gray, Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals, p.199

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