Final Moments of 2019

Closing your eyes isn’t going to change anything. Nothing’s going to disappear just because you can’t see what’s going on. In fact, things will even be worse the next time you open your eyes. That’s the kind of world we live in. Keep your eyes wide open. Only a coward closes his eyes. Closing your eyes and plugging up your ears won’t make time stand still.

― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Happy New Year 2020.

Final Hours of 2019

A bit of shape and form has disappeared from the world, increasing the amount of nothingness.

– Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

 

Final Days of 2019

Still, being able to feel pain was good, he thought. It’s when you can’t even feel pain anymore that you’re in real trouble.

– Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Late December 2019

In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It’s important to combine the two in just the right amount.

– Haruki Murakami, After Dark

The Abyss VI

Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I’m gazing at a distant star.
It’s dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago.
Maybe the star doesn’t even exist any more. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.

– Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

 

 

The Abyss V

The Abyss III