The stars don't care about your pain and anguish, it's true. It may -- sometimes -- help a little to view our loss and grief from the larger context of the cosmos. Still, we are not unfeeling stars. It is their job to shine without caring. It is our job to care -- and to feel acutely the pain of loss.
Can you, in the midst of pain, hold two contradictory ideas simultaneously: that you'd be lost without this loss, and that it sure does hurt like hell?
The next night Woodpecker said to Raven, "You told Copperhead that we'd be totally lost without her. Well, speak for yourself, Roshi. He eats my babies. And don't tell me the stars don't care. I've heard that one."
Raven said, "Painful."
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