"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."
~ T. S. Eliot
The only thing better than reading Eliot's Four Quartets
is reading Thomas Howard's thoughts and ruminations on them, both scholarly and entirely unacademic. He takes you with him on his journey through the poems, but he never claims to be the authority on them or to be able to tell you what it was that Eliot is saying or what you ought to be taking away from them as so many "professional" texts do. Still, the background information that he provides does help illuminate the texts, especially for anyone unfamiliar with either Eliot or his times.
Most highly recommended.
Love "is itself unmoving." It is only "the cause and end of movement, Timeless, and undesiring..."
Passion, romantic love, infatuation, fraternal or paternal or maternal or filial love, patriotism, attachment to an old family house: these are all loves. Love itself is the object of all desire, but it is not itself desire.
Emphasis my own.
"humankind cannot bear very much reality." We could not sustain the sudden epiphany of Reality. The best we can hope for are those fugitive hints, which adumbrate Reality. The image of that fleeting state of consciousness that stands on the cusp of time and Reality.