"There were no formerly heroic times, and there was no formerly pure generation. There is no one here but us chickens, and so it has always been: a people busy and powerful, knowledgeable, ambivalent, important, fearful, and self-aware; a people who scheme, promote, deceive, and conquer; who pray for their loved ones, and long to flee misery and skip death. It is a weakening and discoloring idea, that rustic people knew God personally once upon a time-or even knew selflessness or courage or literature-but that it is too late for us. In fact, the absolute is available to everyone in every age. There never was a more holy age than ours, and never a less.
---Annie Dillard, For the Time BeingOur current book club selection is The Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope. In '10 I read his first book, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self and loved it, so I am really excited to read this one. I just cracked it open this morning and that quote was on the first page. Don't you LOVE when you read something so eloquent that perfectly phrases a jumbled series of thoughts your brain has been chewing on for years. Cannot wait to absorb this book!