“Recognise that your struggle is the same as everyone else’s struggle. Your suffering is the same as everyone else’s suffering: I think that’s the beginning of a responsible life.” Leonard Cohen On A Manual For Living With Defeat

 

If the ‘manual for living with defeat’ mentioned in ‘Going Home’ existed, what it might include?

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That’s a tough question. I wish I could come up with something because we are all living with defeat and failure, disappointment and bewilderment. We are all living with these dark forces that modify in our lives. The manual for living with defeat? First of all acknowledge the fact that everyone suffers, everyone is engaged in an almighty struggle for self-respect, for meaning and significance. The first step would be to recognise that your struggle is the same as everyone else’s struggle. Your suffering is the same as everyone else’s suffering: I think that’s the beginning of a responsible life. Otherwise we’re in a savage battle with each other, unless we recognise that each of us suffers in the same way there is no possible solution: political, social or spiritual. That would be be the beginning, that recognition that we all suffer.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Leonard Cohen: ‘I’m a closet optimist’ [a report on the Sept 16, 2014 London Press Preview Of Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems] by Andy Morris. Gigwise, Sept 16, 2014. Photo by Dominique Issermann. Originally posted Sept 17, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

Lessons From Leonard Cohen: A Manual For Living With Defeat

Cohencentric has collected Leonard Cohen’s observations that offer insight into living in this imperfect world in a series of posts at A Manual For Living With Defeat: Lessons From Leonard Cohen