Saturday, October 01, 2005

Spoil 1.54

Brod's 613 Sadnesses
The following encyclopedia of sadness was found on the body of Brod D. The original 613 sadnesses, written in her diary, corresponded to the 613 commandments of our Torah. Shown below is what was salvageable after Brod was recovered. (Her diary's wet pages printed the sadnesses onto her body. Only a small fraction [55] were legible. The other 558 sadnesses are lost forever, and it is hoped that, without knowing what they are, no one will have to experience them.)

SADNESSES OF THE COVENANT: Sadness of God's love; Sadness of God's back [sic]; favourite child sadness; Sadness of b[ein]g said in front of one's God; Sadness of the opposite of belief [sic]; What if? sadness; Sadness of God alone in heaven; Sadness of a God who would need people to pray to him...

SADNESSES OF THE INTELLECT: Sadness of being misunderstood [sic]; Humour sadness; Sadness of love wt[hou]t release; Sadne[ss of be]ing smart; Sadness of not knowing enough words to [express what you mean]; Sadness of having options; Sadness of wanting sadness; Sadness of confusion; Sadness of domes[tic]ated birds; Sadness of fini[shi]ng a book; Sadness of remembering; [...]
J. S. Foer, Everything is illuminated, 211-212.


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