Sailing the seas of failure: Joseph Conrad on weathering tough decisions

Lord Jim

“The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.”

The sea: Conrad’s compelling setting

“The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss — an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. — is sure to be noticed.” — Søren Kierkegaard

Finding our own seas of struggle

“Facing it, always facing it, that’s the way to get through. Face it.”

The “Joseph Conrad”, pictured here, is a renamed iron-hulled sailing ship that carried Conrad to Australian shores in 1935 (Australian National Maritime Museum/Flickr).

Redemption from failure: embracing limitations

Alec is a journalist working in podcasting and public radio. Current interests include: parsing through old college notes and a cure-all for procrastination.

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