Vintage Classics: Kate Chopin, The Awakening, First published 1899.
Why read old books?? Well this story holds such gems in wisdom as this-
“In short, Mrs P. was beginning to realise her position in the universe as a human being and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her.”
and this –
” But I don’t want anything but my own way. That is wanting a good deal, of course, when you have to trample upon the lives, the hearts, the prejudices of others- but no matter- still, I shouldn’t want to trample upon the little lives.”(ie the children)
This book leaves you thinking about the meaning of individualism within our relationships and selfishness.
The above quote leaves me thinking while to attain individualism we must destroy others view of us, isn’t it the case that a person who strikes out for individualism must therefore be currently trampled upon by others’ lives, hearts and prejudices?
Destroy or be destroyed? You know, you can get sick of endless cycles….this needs some more deeper thinking…how to destroy the cycle and not others or yourself.
(to be continued..)
Google word of the day: Trampled heart