each other

I’m having one of those days where I feel like typing up someone else’s writing and calling it writing. I’m currently reading this book by Sally Rooney, who wrote Normal People, which I adored (both book and show.) She has a sort of sleepy, effortlessly spare and truthful voice that I love. This novel hasn’t been my favorite, it’s sort of depressed, and is sort of like taking a melatonin, but it has gorgeous moments, such as the one below that I can’t stop thinking about, about how humans’ attachments to each other is perhaps the most powerful force on the planet.

We can wait, if you like, to ascend to some higher plane of being, at which point we’ll start directing all our mental and material resources towards existential questions and thinking nothing of our own families, friends, lovers, and so on. But we’ll be waiting, in my opinion, a long time, and in fact we’ll die first.Maybe we’re just born to love and worry about the people we know, and to go on loving and worrying even when there are more important things we should be doing. And if that means the human species is going to die out, isn’t it a in a way a nice reason to die out, the nicest reason you can imagine? Because when we should have been reorganizing the distribution of the world’s resources and transitioning collectively to a sustainable economic model, we were worrying about sex and friendship instead. Because we loved each other too much and found each other too interesting. And I love that about humanity, and in fact it’s the very reason I root for us to survive — because we are so stupid about each other.

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