A marvelous description by Mervyn Peake of a life lived authentically. I see this kind of genuine free flame burning in the lives of people who are working in a field or in a manner attuned to their values and inclinations, rather than being just a means to earn a living. I looked for a few images to convey that variety.
‘This is a love that equals in its power the love of man for woman and reaches inwards as deeply. It is the love of a man or of a woman for their world. For the world of their centre where their lives burn genuinely and with a free flame.’
Source: Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan (London: Vintage, 1998), p. 66
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