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Very thoughtful post. May we be brave and take the first step forward when we are in the gloomy woods.

"When half way through the journey of our life

I found that I was in a gloomy wood,

because the path which led aright was lost.

And ah, how hard it is to say just what

this wild and rough and stubborn woodland was,

the very thought of which renews my fear!

So bitter ’t is, that death is little worse;

but of the good to treat which there I found,

I ’ll speak of what I else discovered there." - The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri.

The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. The Italian Text with a Translation in English Blank Verse and a Commentary by Courtney Langdon, vol. 1 (Inferno) (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1918). English version.

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