"That we go numb along the way is to be expected. Even the bravest among us, who give their lives to care for others, go numb with fatigue, when the heart can take in no more, when we need time to digest all we meet. Overloaded and overwhelmed, we start to pull back from the world, so we can internalize what the world keeps giving us. Perhaps the noblest private act is the unheralded effort to return: to open our hearts once they’ve closed, to open our souls once they’ve shied away, to soften our minds once they’ve been hardened by the storms of our day.”
―Mark Nepo, “Hearing the Cries of the World” from our summer 2013 issue (which happened to be our 150th issue of Parabola.
Read Nepo’s essay here.
Photography Credit: Fernando Lemos
Young woman holding flowers. Ukiyo-e woodblock print. About 1760,s by artist Torii Kiyohiro.
Little monks having a snowfight in Shaolin Monastery Henan, China
New Impossibly Tiny Landscapes Painted on Food by Hasan Kale
Are you kidding me
An audience attends a preview screening of a Sennett-style slapstick silent comedy in Show People, 1928