"The world is not cyclical, not eternal or immutable, but endlessly transforms itself, and never goes back, we can assist in that transformation.
"Live on, survive, for the earth gives forth wonders. It may swallow your heart, but the wonders keep on coming. You stand before them bare headed, shriven. What is expected of you is attention.
"Your songs are your planets. Live on them but make no home there. What you write about, you lose. What you sing, leaves you on the wings of song.
"Sing against death. Command the wildness of the city.
"Freedom to reject is the only freedom. Freedom to uphold is dangerous.
"Life is elsewhere. Cross frontiers. Fly away."
--Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet.