He who does not weep does not see. -Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
“Les Miserables”, the groundbreakingly icon book, has been (sadly) overshadowed by the proceeding overblown and overrated plays and movies. But even the reworkings and recordings of the unoriginal playwrights and film directors of the world could completely take away from the heart of “Les Miserable”. The message of the story, in short, is this: Pure joy can only be attained by those who live in complete ignorance to the suffering of the world. I lightly touched on this in a previous post, but I thought I’d expound.
The truth is, there are so many wondrous things in life, things that will bring us joy, spark our imaginations, propel us to change the world as we know it for the better. Most of us can find numerous reasons to smile on a daily basis. But there are those things, those moments, those lose, those actions taken by self or others, that bring tears to our eyes. To weep is to truly experience what life has to offer. Some of it is tragic. And some of it is beautiful.