Beyond Undoing

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Why then have to be human?
Oh, not because happiness exists
nor even out of curiosity,
but because being here means so much,
because everything here, vanishing too quickly
seems to need us, and strangely
keeps calling to us.
To have been here once, completely,
even if only once,
to have been at one with the earth,
this is beyond undoing.

—Rainer Maria Rilke

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