The supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.

flower with a bee

The magnificent here and now of life in the flesh is ours, and ours alone

What man most passionately wants in his living wholeness and his living unison, not his own isolate salvation of his “soul”. Man wants his physical fulfillment first and foremost, since now, since once and only, he is in the flesh and potent. For man, the vast marvel is to be alive. For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive. Whatever the unborn and the dead may know, they cannot know the beauty, the marvel of being alive in the flesh. The dead may look after the afterwards. But the magnificent here and now of life in the flesh is ours, and ours alone, and ours only for a time. We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos.

by D. H. Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930)
from Apocalypse and the Writings on Revelation

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