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Is It Possible?

August 20, 2016 20:38

(Quoted from Rilke, R.M., Malte Laurids Brigge)

Is it possible that nothing important or real has yet been seen or known or said? Is it possible that mankind has had thousands of years in which to observe, reflect, record, and allowed these millennia to slip by like the recess interval at school in which one eats a sandwhich and an apple?

Yes, it is possible.

Is it possible that, despite our discoveries and progress ... we still remain on the surface of life? ...

Yes, it is possible.

Is it possible that the whole history of the world has been misunderstood? ...

Yes, it is possible.

Is it possible that these people know with perfect accuracy a past that has never existed? Is it possible that all the realities are nothing to them, that their life runs on, unconnected with anything, like a watch in an empty room?

Yes, it is possible. ...

But if all this is possible — if it has even no more than a semblance of possibility — then surely ... something must be done. The first-comer ... must begin to do some of the neglected things ... there is no one else at hand.

  

Rilke, R.M., Malte Laurids Brigge (tr. J.B.Leishman; London, Hogarth Press, 1950; New York, W.W.Norton & Company, Inc), p.99ff

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