It’s our task to seek out something with truth for us

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All you can do is love what you have in your life.

I know, certainly, that there’s nothing to the Rev’s guarantee that the meek are going to inherit the earth. No one inherits one single thing. It’s something I’ve thought a lot about. We’re only passers-by, and all you can do is love what you have in your life. A person has to fight the meanness that sometimes comes with you when you’re born, sometimes grows if you aren’t in lucky surroundings. It’s our challenge to fend it off, leave it behind us choking and gasping for breath in the mud. It’s our task to seek out something with truth for us, no matter if there is a hundred-mile obstacle course in the way, or a ramshackle old farmhouse that binds and binds. The Bible is right on one score: it doesn’t do one bit of good to render evil for evil. I don’t mention these ideas of mine to Sue. I keep the thoughts to myself.

by Jane Hamilton (born 13 July 1957)
from The Book of Ruth (1988)

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