This Passage Will Make You Think
I don’t know if it’s just that good, or if I’m just that dense, but I had to read this one several times to begin to follow Rushdie.
This is, of course, from Midnight’s Children:
“Who what am I? My answer: I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I’ve gone which would not have happened if I had not come. Nor am I particularly exceptional in this matter; each “I”, everyone of the now-six-hundred-million-plus of us, contains a similar multitude. I repeat for the last time: to understand me, you’ll have to swallow a world.”
The one particular sentence that jumps out at me: “I am anything that happens after I’ve gone which would not have happened if I had not come.”
That’s a deep thought to start your Tuesday morning. In fact, I think I’ll just leave that one right there, instead of expanding on it with a few pithy thoughts.
Now, go do something meaningful!