Raw, adjective: 7. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions

"There are times I feel that nothing has meaning. On a tiny planet that has been racing toward oblivion for millions of years, we are born amid sorrow; we grow, we struggle, we grow ill, we suffer, we make others suffer, we cry out, we die, others die, and new beings are born to begin the senseless comedy all over again.

Was that really it? I sat pondering the idea of the absence of meaning. Was our life nothing more than a sequence of anonymous screams in a desert of indifferent stars?"

-- Ernesto Sabato, "El Tunel," 1948.

(Photo: Marbella, looking south toward Morocco, Oct. '02)


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