Our Human Fragility
To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control, that can lead you to be shattered in very extreme circumstances for which you were not to blame. That says something very important about the human condition of the ethical life: that it is based on a trust in the uncertain and on a willingness to be exposed; it’s based on being more like a plant than like a jewel, something rather fragile, but whose very particular beauty is inseparable from its fragility.
I think that this is everything I have always tried to say about relationships, but in such a beautiful and simple way. People look at those who are emotional open and see them as weak. I see that they are fragile, but I don’t see them as weak. They are brave. They take the risk of loving and because they do, they often know a deep joy that most of us cannot understand. Life is nothing but uncertainty. Yet most of us fear and hide from this reality. Those who embrace it are strong and brave. They need to be celebrated for their serenity.