dialectic or paradox

our fate –

what we make it:

Universe being as it is*

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Das Universum ist, wie es ist. Unser Schicksal ist das, was wir daraus machen. Die Welt – um es auf den einfachsten Nenner zu bringen – ist so, wie wir sie gestalten. Nur weil wir Angst vor dieser Verantwortung haben, erfinden wir strafende Götter und denken uns in ihrem Namen Gesetze aus, an deren Konsequenzen wir dann schuld sind. Jakob Stern (1843 – 1911 (Freitod)), ursprünglich Isaak Stern, deutscher jüdischer Schriftsteller und Rabbiner

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was just watching a TV detective story ending with a circus actor in character reading a sentence I vaguely remember from my youth – such is the material that shaped my mind. Much gratitude.

*this amounts to a rather liberal translation which nevertheless seems to represent the original author’s intention

~ by Barbara S on January 12, 2022.

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