Life must always be lived in sadness and regret

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All life must be filled with regret and sadness for what might have been, since as Coleridge tells us, “the light which experience gives us is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waters behind us” .  And so – if only we had known what we know now how much better, how much more fulfilled, our lives could have been. And today? If only we could know and understand what we will know and understand sometime in the future when that lantern finally “shines on the waters behind us”. If, that is, we survive into that future with our burden of regrets and sadness at what might have been.

Anthony Sargeant – 24th may 2015

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