Oliver Sacks

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To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings;
we need to transcend, transport, escape;
we need meaning, understanding, and explanation;
we need to see over-all patterns in our lives.
We need hope, the sense of a future.
And we need freedom (or, at least, the illusion of freedom)
to get beyond ourselves,
whether with telescopes and microscopes and our ever-burgeoning technology,
or in states of mind that allow us to travel to other worlds,
to rise above our immediate surroundings.

We may seek, too, a relaxing of inhibitions that makes it easier to bond with each other, or transports that make our consciousness of time and mortality easier to bear.

We seek a holiday from our inner and outer restrictions,
a more intense sense of the here and now,
the beauty and value of the world we live in.

May 2014 – Krabi, Thailand.