Anaïs Nin: Attitude to the “Outside World”
Post Created by Jk the secret keeper
Painting by Jk McCormack
Created 28th September 2013
Posted Sunday 29th September 2013
A WRITER’S WORD
Attitude to the “Outside World”
“What makes people despair, is that they try
to find a universal meaning to the whole of
life, and then end up by saying it is absurd,
illogical, empty of meaning.
There is not one big, cosmic meaning for all,
there is only the meaning we each give to our
life, an individual meaning, an individual plot,
like an individual novel, a book for each person.
To seek a total unity is wrong. To give as much
meaning to one’s life as possible seems right to me.
For example, I am not committed to any of the
political movements which I find full of fanaticism
and injustice, but in the face of each human being, I
act democratically and humanly. I give each human
being his due.
I disregard class and possession. It is the value
of their spirit, of their human qualities I pay my
respect to, and to their needs as far as I am able
to fulfill them.
If all of us acted in unison as I act individually,
there would be no wars and no poverty. I have
made myself personally responsible for the fate
of every human being who has come my way.”