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Yaşamaya Dair I On Living I

Yaşamak şakaya gelmez,
b├╝y├╝k bir ciddiyetle yaşayacaksın
bir sincap gibi mesela,
yani, yaşamanın dışında ve ├Âtesinde hi├žbir şey beklemeden,
yani b├╝t├╝n işin g├╝c├╝n yaşamak olacak.
Yaşamayı ciddiye alacaksın,
yani o derecede, ├Âylesine ki,
mesela, kolların bağlı arkadan, sırtın duvarda,
yahut kocaman g├Âzl├╝klerin,
beyaz g├Âmleğinle bir laboratuvarda
insanlar i├žin ├Âlebileceksin,
hem de y├╝z├╝n├╝ bile g├Ârmediğin insanlar i├žin,
hem de hi├ž kimse seni buna zorlamamışken,
hem de en g├╝zel en ger├žek şeyin
yaşamak olduğunu bildiğin halde.
Yani, ├Âylesine ciddiye alacaksın ki yaşamayı,
yetmişinde bile, mesela, zeytin dikeceksin,
hem de ├Âyle ├žocuklara falan kalır diye değil,
├Âlmekten korktuğun halde ├Âl├╝me inanmadığın i├žin,
yaşamak yanı ağır bastığından.


Living is no laughing matter:
you must live with great seriousness
like a squirrel, for example-
I mean without looking for something beyond and above living,
I mean living must be your whole occupation.
Living is no laughing matter:
you must take it seriously,
so much so and to such a degree
that, for example, your hands tied behind your back,
your back to the wall,
or else in a laboratory
in your white coat and safety glasses,
you can die for people-
even for people whose faces you've never seen,
even though you know living
is the most real, the most beautiful thing.
I mean, you must take living so seriously
that even at seventy, for example, you'll plant olive trees-
and not for your children, either,
but because although you fear death you don't believe it,
because living, I mean, weighs heavier.

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