Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Tomb of the Leopards

"So, friends, every day do something that won't compute.  Give your approval to all you cannot understand.  Ask the questions that have no answers.  Put your faith in two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years.  Laugh.  Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.  Practice resurrection."   (Wendell Berry)
I found this quote for my year-end letter, and plan to make it my creed for the year.  Harking back to my ruminations on “despite.”  This will be my Year of Despite, my Year of Though I Have Considered.  These Etruscan dancers and musicians from Tarquinia will light my way.  I shall return again and again to the Tomb of the Leopards when I’m in danger of losing my way, the chamber named for its fresco which is clearly—and atypically—a celebration of life.

image:  Dancers and musicians, Tomb of the Leopards; Etruscan, c. 475 BCE. Fresco a secco. Monterozzi necropolis, Tarquinia, Italy. UNESCO World Heritage Site.  I Require Art

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