arcana imperii :: the book of j


risks and freedom

to laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
to weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
to reach out to another is to risk involvement.
to expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
to place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk loss.
to love is to risk not being loved in return.
to live is to risk dying.
to hope is to risk despair.
to try at all is to risk failure.

but risk one must.
because the greatest hazard to life could well be to risk nothing.
the man who risks nothing does nothing and says nothing... has nothing... is nothing...
he may avoid suffering but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love or live.
chained by his certitudes, he is a slave.
he has fortified freedom.
only the risk-taker may find he can indeed be free.

via satiche. ed. j.