“Ich bin nicht, was ich gewesen bin. 
 Ich bin nicht gewesen, wie ich hätte sein sollen. 
 Ich bin nicht geworden, was ich hätte werden  sollen. 
 Ich habe nicht gehalten, was ich hätte halten  sollen”

 

 SELBST-BEZICHTIGUNG, Peter Handke
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Things I’ve seen walking #4

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I walk amongst men as the fragments of the future: that future which I contemplate.
And it is all my poetisation and aspiration to compose and collect into unity what is fragment and riddle and fearful chance.
And how could I endure to be a man, if man were not also the composer, and riddle-reader, and redeemer of chance!

Redemption, Thus Spake Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche

Men in Dark Times

Humanity manifests itself in such brotherhood most frequently in “dark times.” This kind of humanity actually becomes inevitable when the times become so extremely dark for certain groups of people that it is no longer up to them, their insight or choice, to withdraw from the world. Humanity in the form of fraternity invariably appears historically among persecuted peoples and enslaved groups… This kind of humanity is the great privilege of pariah peoples; it is the advantage that the pariahs of this world always and in all circumstances can have over others.

Hannah Arendt