Paying attention to Argmageddon

“And it might well happen to most of us dainty people that we were in thick of the battle of Armageddon without being aware of anything more than the annoyance of a little explosive smoke and struggle on the ground immediately about us.”
George Eliot

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Be present at the great spectacle of life

It is an uneasy lot at best,
to be what we call highly taught and yet not to enjoy:
to be present at this great spectacle of life
and never to be liberated from a small hungry shivering self–
never to be fully possessed by the glory we behold,
never to have our consciousness rapturously transformed
into the vividness of a thought, the ardor of a passion,
the energy of an action,
but always to be scholarly and uninspired,
ambitious and timid, scrupulous and dim-sighted.

George Eliot, Middlemarch