From War and Peace, a “pearl” shared by a friend who either knowingly or unwittingly inspires my own written works each time he captures a treasure and shares it with me.
a paragraph about the inevitability of war….
“When an apple has ripened and falls, why does it fall? Because of its attraction to the earth, because its stalk withers, because it is dried by the sun, because it grows heavier, because the wind shakes it ,or because the boy standing below wants to eat it? Nothing is the cause. All this is only the coincidence of conditions in which all vital organic and elemental events occur. And the botanist who finds that the apple falls because the cellular tissue decays and so forth, is equally right with the child who stands under the tree and says the apple fell because he wanted it and prayed for it.”
War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
This captures in a paragraph concepts that can take others thousands of words to explain. Profound. Short and sweet. Now, back to shortening, profounding and sweetening my novel in progress.
You’ll notice I didn’t even begin to respond to the actual concepts in this analogy. Because as yet, it would take me a thousand words.
If I HAD to respond though, I’d say…. (dang, just had to delete the thousand words!) Okay, but what would you say?