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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

 

 

 

 

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

 

 

Have you ever wondered about the title of Kundera’s novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being? The lightness in the title is equated with levity by Bernard Lee in his book, The Galilean Jewishness of Jesus:

 

“There are so many lives I might have lived besides the one I concretely live at this moment. Whether I have affection for or resentment toward this present life’s configuration, I must acknowledge that it could have been so other. It still could be so other. Something else might be the case. This is what the Czech novelist Milan Kundera calls ‘the unbearable lightness of being.’

 

“We like to impose the heaviness of an inexorable logic or an absolutely detailed providence upon the actual stories our lives tell. With that fiction of heaviness our present stories, for better and for worse, seem easier to embrace. But closer to the truth are the million might have beens that insist upon the fragility of any actual world. Free choices and inscrutable chances collude with an elusive providence to make us what we are today. But it could have been otherwise, I could have been otherwise, we could have been otherwise—and perhaps with no less integrity!”

 

 

 

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