Tuesday’s 200 Words: Live Everything

In 1899, a 36 year old female writer journeys with two men–her husband and her lover (a 22 year old poet)–to Moscow. They have other travels, too; sometimes leaving the husband at home. Although their physical involvement lasts only a few years, their correspondence goes on for the rest of the poet’s life.

They are Lou Andreas-Salomé and Rainer Maria Rilke. Good God, why am I just now learning about this fascinating affair?

Wiki-ing out here: in addition to knowing Rilke, Salomé lived on a commune with Nietzsche and studied with Freud.

Skimming on, I see that her prolific writings included a piece on the psychology of the erotic, published when she was 49. And it seems this is when her career as an analyst began.

Today I was going to blog about Rilke (yawn). Now, the rabbit hole du jour reveals a new world. It’s a perfect example of how enlightening exploring a question can be.

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions”

— Rilke

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