And each man kills the thing he loves

The Judas Kiss - Gustave Doré

The Judas Kiss – Gustave Doré

And each man kills the thing he loves
By all let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!

— Oscar Wilde

Why is it that we kill that which we love?

That is the task Paulo Coelho is set by his Master J, a Master of The Tradition. These few lines, a slight variance of a verse from The Ballad Of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde is the only help that Paulo Coelho gets.

That we kill that we love is a curse. Paulo Coelho has to break that curse. It is a quest in which he is forced to face his past. The curse can be broken, but only if he completes the task.

It´s for love. For victory. And for the glory of God.

As Paulo learns from the Valkeryies, the only was to break the curse is to: Break a pact. Accept forgiveness. And make a bet.

We all have a pact with defeat. We have to learn to take risks, break the pact with defeat.

– The Valkeryies
Suffering

Top story in PoeticHeart34 Daily (Saturday 12 March 2011)

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2 Responses to “And each man kills the thing he loves”

  1. Annie Says:

    Beautiful!
    Break the pact with defeat, break the spell that says no to life..
    thank you dear Keith for this reminder

    Love and Gratitude
    Annie

  2. keithpp Says:

    A pleasure Annie and thanks for your kind words.

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