What I Possess Lived for
Three interests, simple yet overwhelmingly strong, have ruled my life: the longing for like, the look for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have broken me hither and thither, in a extravagant course, on the deep ocean of anguish, reaching to the verge of despair. I have sought appreciate, first, since it brings inspiration --- euphoria so great that I would have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this pleasure. I have wanted it, subsequent, because it minimizes loneliness --- that bad loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the casing of the world in cold unfathomable lifeless perdition. I have searched for it, finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring eye-sight of the nirvana that saints and poets have thought. This is what I sought, even though it might seem to be too great for human existence, this is what --- at last --- I have found. With equal passion I have searched for knowledge. I've wished to be familiar with hearts of men. I've wished to know why the celebs shine. And i also have attempted to apprehend the Pythagorean electrical power by which amount holds aside above the debordement. A little of this, but not very much, I have achieved. Love and knowledge, so far as they were conceivable, led upwards toward the heavens. Nevertheless always pity brought myself back to the planet. Echoes of cries of pain reverberated in my heart. Children in famine, subjects tortured by oppressors, reliant old persons a resented burden with their sons, plus the whole regarding loneliness, poverty, and discomfort make a mockery of what individual life ought to be. I long to alleviate the evil, yet I cannot, and I too go through. This has been my entire life. I have found it worth living, and I might gladly live it once again if the possibility were agreed to me.
This passage can be written by Russell, a most famous English thinker, mathematician and sociologist in the 20th hundred years. Short since this passageway is, the...