500 Great Quotes: #488

The Sirens’ call is a metaphor for the implacable undertow that beauty and music have on our lives.  These two forces often divert us from our charted course, and we founder on them and lose our wonted bearings, but the paradox is that rather than killing us, they remove us from the deadness of what life would be without them.”

   ~ Dia Tsung from her post Parthenope: Rebecca West

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Commentary:  I love the twist:  Living with the sirens’ songs replaying in our heads, a more difficult fate than a comparatively “easier” death or suicide by drowning or regular, repeated overdosing.  The allure of the remembered songs does not kill us;  rather, it repeatedly awakens us from the deadness our lives experienced before we heard the songs.

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