Forget Your Perfect Offering

December 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

“The world is far too complex for a solution. We were exiled from the garden
of eden, that’s what I understand as the nature of the human predicament.
This is not paradise and we can’t really put the world in order, but that
doesn’t mean one shouldn’t try to live in harmony with one’s self and one’s

Forget your perfect offering. If you can, it’s not a bad idea.
First of all, there is no perfect offering. Anything you come up with is
going to be flawed and understand that the whole thing is flawed,
this is not eden, it is a flawed world. It’s true that if you’re lucky you
can begin forgiving yourself for your meagre offering.”

-Leonard Cohen, CBC interview 2005


§ 2 Responses to Forget Your Perfect Offering

  • Erica says:

    “Anthem” by Leonard should be the anthem for learning to age gracefully [though most of us have been “humbled” long before then…] Actually this works for every brick wall encountered throughout life:
    “Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering.
    There are cracks in everything
    That’s how the light gets in…”

  • safranfilms says:

    so true…. and this week, I started to find lots of grey hairs! Looks like I’ll be needing that anthem along the way too

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