in praise of weakness

Weakness is the willingness to be nailed to the bottom of the world with open arms and a heart full of love.

Weak.

For me, it is among the most courageous and bravest things one can be. Think about it, everyone can be strong. It doesn’t take courage to build up walls and fences, to create an artificial sense of self-esteem and security. Everyone can attach herself to hobbies, lifestyles, achievements. Its easy, its comfortable its worthless. Because it creates a distance between us and the reality of this world. Strength drives us away from the core of existance. In its shell of protection it disconnects us from our surrender to the whole wide world and tries to replace it by a microcrosmos of control. This microcosmos will get us recognition, it will get us safety and maybe even temporary happiness but most of all it will get us isolated and numb. To be strong is to be disconnected from our core.

We are all human beings, we are all vulnerable, we hurt, we are confused, we are disappointed, we are scared. And from time to time we cry and feel like life sucks and things are falling apart. But that’s ok. It’s who we are, weakness is part of who we are, it’s part of what the world itself is. Thus, it allows us to be connected and it allows us to be seen and understood, it allows us to feel the pain and the beauty of the world and to share in it, to the point that we are moved to tears of sadness and of joy. It allows us to be alive, in the full depth of everything it entails, and that will get us hurt. That’s why it takes courage. But in the end, the courage to be weak is the courage to be human.

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