And now for all you philosophical poets out there, here is a sentence from C.S. Lewis’ novel Out of the Silent Planet for you to dwell upon. It’s hidden in the middle of the paragraph, a quote from one of the characters.

“I do not think the forest would be so bright, nor the water so warm, nor love so sweet, if there were no danger in the lakes.”

C.S. Lewis

This is exactly why summers in the four-season western Pennsylvania are better than California summers, and winters are more bitter than Minnesota’s. It’s why family is home after a day of work. It’s why new life comes by the greatest pain imaginable, or so I’ve heard.

It’s why death had to win, because without it we would never see paradise.

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