The Meaning of LifeFrom The Mahabharata
YUDHISHTHIRA: Examine me.
VOICE: What is quicker than the wind?
VOICE: What can cover the earth?
VOICE: Who are the more numerous, the living or the dead?
YUDHISHTHIRA: The living, because the dead are no longer.
VOICE: Give me an example of space.
YUDHISHTHIRA: My two hands as one.
VOICE: An example of grief.
VOICE: Of poison.
VOICE: An example of defeat.
VOICE: Which animal is the slyest?
YUDHISHTHIRA: The one that man does not yet know.
VOICE: Which came first, day or night?
YUDHISHTHIRA: Day, but it was only a day ahead.
VOICE: What is the cause of the world?
VOICE: What is your opposite?
VOICE: What is madness?
YUDHISHTHIRA: A forgotten way.
VOICE: And revolt? Why do men revolt?
YUDHISHTHIRA: To find beauty, either in life or in death.
VOICE: What for each of us is inevitable?
VOICE: And what is the greatest marvel?
YUDHISHTHIRA: Each day, death strikes and we live as though we were immortal. This is what is the greatest marvel.
--- Translated by Peter Brook