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Journal d'un nomade

Journal d'un nomade

Restless, shifting, fugacious as time itself is a certain vast bulk of the population of the red brick district of the lower West Side. Homeless, they have a hundred homes. They flit from furnished room to furnished room, transients forever - transients in abode, transients in heart and mind. They sing "Home, Sweet Home" in ragtime; they carry their lares et penates in a bandbox; their vine is entwined about a picture hat; a rubber plant is their fig tree. (O. Henry)

Being Together

Etre ensemble

Selon la philosophie soufie, l’une des premières règles du bonheur consiste à s’asseoir avec des amis ou des gens qu’on aime. On s’assoit, on ne dit rien, on ne fait rien. On se regarde ou on ne se regarde pas. Toute l’extase vient du plaisir d’être entouré de gens avec lesquels on se sent bien. Plus besoin de s’occuper ou d’occuper l’espace sonore. On se contente d’apprécier cette muette coexistence.

Bernard Werber, Encyclopédie du Savoir Relatif et Absolu; Livre de poche Albin Michel, page 187

Translation:

According to the philosophy of Sufism, one of the first rules of happiness consists in sitting with friends or people we love. We sit down, we don’t say anything, we do nothing. We look at each other or we don’t look at each other. Being surrounded by people with whom we feel good converts pleasure into ecstasy. We don’t need to be busy with anything or to utter any word. We do nothing but enjoy this silent togetherness.

Bernard Werber, Encyclopaedia of Relative and Absolute Knowledge; "Livre de poche" Albin Michel, page 187

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