cover of book, stray birds R.Tagore (1916)
CHAPTER ONE - Rabindranath Tagore
WEEK NINE. conversation by clair and justine
9Once we dreamt that we were strangers. We wake up to find that we were dear to each other Tagore
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In the past, i could never have imagined knowing him how i do now. All those years, just saying hello or occasionally a little smalltalk. It's funny looking back but wonderful too. We could never have got so close then and when things changed, so did we. i love that, love every aspect of it. i could never have predicted this and would never have wanted to. Waking up with him that first night, still just friends and feeling like i could trust him completely. For me, that was such an amazing feeling.
True, its so difficult in life to just allow things to happen. so often we feel that we have to be in control, or at least pretend to ourselves that we are are. But then being out of control can be a horrible feeling too. Perhaps, like so often in life it's about achieveing some sort of balance
Thats a pretty incredible thing you said to your mum in the car, no wonder it stayed with you.
Sometimes i wonder if there would be less hostility in the world if we weren't all strangers. So often, someone meets someone who they have a pre-judgement about and when they get to know that person, they're shocked to discover they don't fit their (often negative) stereotypes. perhaps if we humans all had discourse with others of different races/religion/sexualities, etc, it would break down at least some prejudice and there would be less hatred in the world.
it reminds me of a very cool experiment/study. i'll tell you the coutry where it took place when remember it.
it took part in a library, but instead of getting out a book you got out a person. there was an index of all different people, different races, different cultures, differnt ages different backgrounds, different preferences in music, life style etc. and people could get someone out in the hope that their prejudice would be challanged by actually meeting them.
v e r y good i reckoned.
that sounds like a fantastic idea. such a simple way to get people to communicate and hopefully break through barriers