Tristes Tropiques

One of my favorite classes that i took in university (i’m just kidding, I didn’t like the class, but I remember everything that I read…) was reading the original travel logs of OG explorers like Christopher Columbus (serious asshole), and Claude Levi-Strauss (much less of an asshole).  I was especially touched by the ending of his book about Brazil,  called Tristes Tropiques.

So Levi-Strauss ends Tristes Tropiques with this:

Guapo Picasso, mutually exchanging some forgiveness (for not getting up at 4:30 to feed him, like he so politely asked today)

“Farewell to savages, then, farewell to journeying! And instead, during the brief intervals in which humanity can bear to interrupt its hive-like labours, let us grasp the essence of what our species has been and still is, beyond thought and beneath society: an essence that may be vouchsafed to us in a mineral more beautiful than any work of Man: in the scent, more subtly evolved than our books, that lingers in the heart of a lily; or in the wink of an eye, heavy with patience, serenity, and mutual forgiveness, that sometimes, through an involuntary understanding, one can exchange with a cat. ” -Claude Levi-Strauss

Let us grasp the essence of our ocean world. I strive to each minute I am blessed with underneath the surface,  on the shore, and anywhere in the fishy vicinity.

xxMerbabe

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One response to “Tristes Tropiques

  1. You could certainly see your expertise in the work you write.
    The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. All the time follow your heart.

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