Replacing the Irreplaceable

Replacing the Irreplaceable

The only way through is through — easier said than done. We humans will do almost anything to escape pain. We may replace one pain with another less painful though more harmful one — witness the alcoholic, the drug addict. As Emily Dickinson wrote, we sleepwalk through addiction “that covers the abyss with trance.”

When something in the world has been lost, we instinctively move forward to fill that gap.