People ask me, ‘What is the use of climbing Mount Everest?’ and my answer must at once be, ‘It is of no use.’ There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behaviour of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron… If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.
—  George Mallory, “Climbing Everest: The Complete Writings of George Mallory”

Much of the time, we are zombies of the night. And that is okay.

Things need to get done: Bills need to get paid. Shoes need to be put on our feet. Groceries need to occasionally visit our kitchens on a fairly regular basis. Bathrooms, sadly, don’t clean themselves. 

As this drumbeat marches us along, it numbs us to our own footsteps. The motions of life dulls our minds to corporeal and temporal part of our existence. We plug into occasional outlets to pump our feed our spirits to stories of love and loss. Otherwise, we package our spirits around the pillow of logic while we go about the business of making a life.

But try as we might to protect it, our spirit is suffocated by logic. 

Logic can tell us that something different is wrong. Logic can tell us certain distances are too far. Logic can tell us stories to keep us from wandering out into the night alone. We may be zombies in our everyday lives, but we are rational zombies. 

Logic tell us many things to keep us safe.

But it is important to remember that logic can’t keep us alive.    

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