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The heaviest of burdens crushes us, we sink beneath it, it pins us to
the ground. But in love poetry of every age, the woman longs to be 
weighed down by the man's body.The heaviest of burdens is 
therefore simultaneously an image of life's most intense fulfillment. 
The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the 
more real and truthful they become. Conversely, the absolute 
absence of burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into 
heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become 
only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant. 

What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?

 

~ Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being