Monday, August 1, 2011

Capacity for Destitution

Monday, August 1, 2011

That odd capacity for destitution, as if by nature we ought to have so much more than nature gives us. As if we are shockingly unclothed when we lack the complacencies of ordinary life. In destitution, even of feeling or purpose, a human being is more hauntingly human and vulnerable to kindnesses because there is the sense that things should be otherwise, and then the thought of what is wanting and what alleviation would be…

~ Marilynne Robinson, Home, 2008

2 comments:

Loree said...

Destitute - it's not a word that's commonly used anymore. At least, not here.

Angeli said...

when i was in grad school, we had an entire 3-unit course dedicated to destitution. :)

 
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