Umberto Eco Character on the Results of Grasping

by bryan maynard

THE NAME OF THE ROSEUmberto Eco wrote The Name of the Rose, a story about the abuses of power at institutional and personal levels and about the dark side of human grasping and clinging. In one sentence, his characterization of a Frenchman from the court of the King of France reveals what happens to all of us when we fail to let go of our grip on things and of our impulse to control everything. Here is his ingenious quote and insight:

…the men of that corrupt land are always inclined to foster the interest of their own people, and are unable to look upon the whole world as their spiritual home…

May we all be given the support and love

we need to give us the space to

learn how to let go and

to live at peace

with all that IS.