Saturday, July 11, 2009

Existential pain

For those who think the following is going to be completely beyond them, stop reading right now. For all others who can do without no brainers, do continue. Checked my email and Facebook inboxes an hour ago and was surprised to see two messages about scorned love. The email had grief written all over it. The Facebook comment was cynical to the bone.

This only goes to show that pain has many faces and is just as much part of life, as is for instance, breathing. Therefore, some call this pain existential in nature. And we all deal with it in our own ways, whether you are a famous Dutch playwrite or a student about to enter university.

My dear student, you are the one who studied Greek or Latin, I forgot which one. So, know your classics, for languages considered dead might not prove so dead after all . . . Try not to be afraid of the future, because the future might actually bring wisdom and renewed happiness.

"And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God." - Aeschylus