Why do we live again? Lews Therin asked, suddenly. His voice was crisp and distinct.

Yes, Rand said, pleading. Tell me. Why?

Maybe … Lews Therin said, shockingly lucid, not a hint of madness to him. He spoke softly, reverently. Why? Could it be … Maybe it’s so that we can have a second chance.

Rand froze. The winds blew against him, but he could not be moved by them. The Power hesitated inside him, like the headsman’s axe, held quivering above the criminal’s neck. You may not have a choice about which duties are given you, Tam’s voice, just a memory, said in his mind. But you can choose why you fulfill them.

Why, Rand? Why do you go to battle? What is the point?


All was still. Even with the tempest, the winds, the crashes of thunder. All was still.

Why? Rand thought with wonder. Because each time we live, we get to love again.

That was the answer. It all swept over him, lives lived, mistakes made, love changing everything. He saw the entire world in his mind’s eye, lit by the glow in his hand. He remembered lives, hundreds of them, thousands of them, stretching to infinity. He remembered love, and peace, and joy, and hope.

Within that moment, suddenly something amazing occurred to him. If I live again, then she might as well!”

          -The Gathering Storm, Veins of Gold (Chapter 50)

I find this chapter, where Rand found a reason to fight, and not give up, one of the most inspirational parts of the series. He did not know why to keep fighting if history is just going to repeat itself, and bring back all the war and sadness, why to fight when he cant really stop the conflict forever. But then he finds a reason - if he lives and wins, she (Ilyena) and everyone else will get another chance, to live a better life.. ”Because each time we live we get to love again.” -I think that sentence is the point, the idea of the entire Wheel of Time.