Love Made Visible

Love Made Visible

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“Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.”
(Kahlil Gibran – Lebanese born American philosophical Essayist, Novelist and Poet, 1883-1931)

There is so much to meditate when I see those workers in the streets of Varanasi (Benaras).
Their concern is of course far away from the act of revendicating and the demands of western workers.
Working here is still a privilege and people worship their work which allows them to make their living.
People accomplishing those hard manual work in happiness can only impose respect.
They teach about the meaning of life and they bring a philosophical question concerning the purpose and significance of life or existence in general…


5 Responses to “Love Made Visible”

  1. Love the pics!
    It made me think,
    ‘What baggage are you complaining about?
    Is yours heavier than that?’

  2. designldg Says:

    Thank you for your kind words.
    I was comparing this situation to what happens in France since a few weeks with the strikes and where (there is no political statement in my words) people seems to have forgotten the real values of life.
    Work remains a privilege for many while in some countries where there is a very sophisticated social system people take work as a burden…

  3. Speaking of forgotten values
    does it scare you
    where are we going to?
    I’m scared at times
    for the next generations.

  4. Beautiful smile on the biker. It reminded me of a passage from Middlemarch that’s always stuck with me (had to dig it out from where I copied it):

    `You must be sure of two things: you must love your work, and not be always looking over the end of it, wanting your play to begin. And the other is, you must not be ashamed of your work, and think it would be more honourable to you to be doing something else. You must have pride in your own work and in learning to do it well, and not be always saying, There’s this and there’s that–if I had this or that to do, I might make something of it. No matter what a man is – I wouldn’t give twopence for him . . . whether he was the prime minister or the rick-thatcher, if he didn’t do well what he undertook to do’

  5. designldg Says:

    Thank you for commenting so nicely.
    I like the passage as well, so simple and so true.
    It is very kind to share those words here.

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