Almanac: Edward Bond on life’s cruelty

INK BOTTLEWILLY: If you look at life closely, it is unbearable. What people suffer, what they do to each other, how they hate themselves, anything good is cut down and trodden upon, the innocent and the victims are like dogs digging rats from a hole, or an owl starving to death in a city. It is all unbearable, but that is where you have to find your strength. Where else is there?

ROSE: An owl starving in a city.

WILLY: To death. Yes. Wherever you turn. So you should never turn away. If you do, you lose everything. Turn back and look into the fire. Listen to the howl of the flames. The rest is lies.

Edward Bond, The Sea

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