Richard G. Petty, MD

Exploring Unrealized Possibilities


I think that it would be fair to say that few of us have the courage to really explore outside of our comfort zone. Milan Kundera talked about that in a slightly different sense, but what he has to say may well resonate for you.

“The characters in my novels are my own unrealized possibilities. That is why I am equally fond of them all and equally horrified by them. Each one has crossed a border that I myself have circumvented. It is that crossed border (the border beyond which my own “I” ends) which attracts me most. For beyond that border begins the secret the novel asks about. This novel is not the author’s confession; it is an investigation of human life in the trap the world has become.”           

–Milan Kundera (Czech Author and Critic, 1929-)    

“The Unbearable Lightness of Being” (Milan Kundera)   

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