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Re: Worth it, not worth it

Posted by R. Berg on March 17, 2003

In Reply to: Re: Difficult posted by ESC on March 17, 2003

: : : Life and death, energy and peace, if I stop today it was still worth it. Even the terrible mistakes, that I have made and would have unmade if I could. The pains that have burned me and scarred my soul, it was worth it for having been allowed to walk where I've walked. Which was to hell on earth, heaven on earth, back again, into, under, far in between, through it, in it and above..."

: : : 'if I stop today it was still worth it', what do the two 'it's stand for?
: : : 'The pains that have burned me and scarred my soul, it was worth it for having been allowed to walk where I've walked. ', it and it? also 'having been' means 'I have been'?
: : : 'Which was to hell on earth, heaven on earth, back again, into, under, far in between, through it, in it and above..."', what does 'which' mean here? and 'through it', 'it' means the earth?

: : : really difficult for a foreigner!

: : Here's my opinion:

: : The life I have experienced is sweet even with difficulties. "...if I stop today it (life) was still worth it (the trouble). The joy of living is worth the price paid (pains that burnt me).

: Which (where I've walked)...

In the English idiom "It's worth it" or "It's not worth it," the first "it" means something gained, a benefit, a reward, and the second "it" means the effort expended or the price paid to gain that benefit. If people are talking about business transactions, the price may be a literal price, in money.