By Cioran, E. M
During this quantity, which reaffirms the uncompromising brilliance of his brain, Cioran strips the human all the way down to its most elementary parts, start and loss of life, suggesting that catastrophe lies now not within the prospect of loss of life yet within the truth of start, that laughable coincidence. within the lucid, aphoristic kind that characterizes his paintings, Cioran writes of time and loss of life, God and faith, suicide and ache, and the temptation to silence. In all his writing, Cioran cuts to the guts of the human experience. Read more...
summary: during this quantity, which reaffirms the uncompromising brilliance of his brain, Cioran strips the human all the way down to its most elementary parts, start and loss of life, suggesting that catastrophe lies now not within the prospect of dying yet within the truth of start, that laughable coincidence. within the lucid, aphoristic type that characterizes his paintings, Cioran writes of time and dying, God and faith, suicide and anguish, and the temptation to silence. In all his writing, Cioran cuts to the guts of the human adventure
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This unexpected acquiescence on the part of such a woman moved me almost as much as the death of my friend. Misfits … It seems to me that their adventure, more than any other, sheds a light on the future, that they alone allow us to glimpse and to decipher it, and that if we set their exploits aside we utterly disqualify ourselves from describing the days to come. ” “So what! He exists. ” The advantage of being someone is rarer than that of creating. To produce is easy; what is difficult is to scorn the use of one’s gifts.
At this precise moment, no reproach proceeding from men or gods can affect me: I have as good a conscience as if I had never existed. It is a mistake to believe in a direct relation between suffering reverses and being dead set against birth. Such opposition has deeper, more distant roots, and would occur even if one had only the shadow of a grievance against existence. In fact it is never more virulent than in cases of extreme good fortune. Thracians and Bogomils—I cannot forget that I have haunted the same whereabouts as they, nor that the former wept over the newborn and the latter, in order to justify God, held Satan responsible for the infamy of Creation.
Am I really me? Is it really my take another step, I stood there nailed to the spot, petrified IMPOSSIBILITY—this ordinary word came, more apropos than usual, to enlighten me as to myself, no less than as to the word as well: it had so often come to my aid, yet never as now. At last I understood, definitively, what it meant…. ” This ultra-banal answer nearly brings me to tears. The more such turns of speech, which deal with becoming, with the passage of time, with the course of things, are worn down, the more likely they are to acquire the quality of a revelation.
The trouble with being born by Cioran, E. M