Why then, have to be human?
Oh not because happiness exists,
Not out of curiosity . . .
But because being here means so much;
because everything here,
vanishing so quickly, seems to need us,
and strangely keeps calling to us . . . To have been
here, once, completely, even if only once,
to have been at one with the earth –
this is beyond undoing.
– Rainer Maria Rilke