Monday, January 2, 2012

emerges from us

People have already had to rethink so many concepts of motion; 
and they will also gradually come to realize that what we call fate 
does not come into us from the outside, but emerges from us. 

It is only because so many people have not absorbed 
and transformed their fates while they were living in them 
that they have not realized what was emerging from them; 
it was so alien to them that, in their confusion and fear, 
they thought it must have entered them at the very moment 
they became aware of it, for they swore they had never before
 found anything like that inside them. 

Just as people for a long time had a wrong idea about the sun’s motion, 
they are even now wrong about the motion of what is to come. 
The future stands still, dear Mr. Kappus, 
but we move in infinite space.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke
 from Letters to a Young Poet
translated by Stephen Mitchell
art by picasso