Nietzsche said that a man’s worth was determined by how much truth he could tolerate. You are by no means only what you already know. You are also that which you could know, if you only would. Thus you should never sacrifice what you could be for what you are.*
As Rilke says: Hier zu sein ist so viel – to be here is immense.**
We are all richer than we know and we can be richer still.
This richness is in our complexity of being able to imagine and make and fail and keep going.
This is our truth.
Lies are easier to live with, mind: others are imaginative but not you; others make great things but no one wants what you have to bring; these others don’t know the meaning of the word failure; to keep going, then, when life has dealt such an impossible hand, is too difficult.
The lie requires you to keep moving, to be surrounded by noise, but find a place to stop and be quiet in, and listen to your heart beating, listen to the truth your life is:
It is so absolutely quiet that each person can hear the heartbeat of the person to his right or his left.^
Perhaps nothing will happen the first time you find this place, but keep going there and something will.