It’s hot and damp outside. As much as I like the sun, the heat today is oppressive. Inside it is fresh, calm, and I indulge a peaceful moment with nothing to do and nowhere to run to. What a relief! Since I work part-time, I am busy with all kinds of unpleasant household chores and I have come to deeply appreciate such moments. And as it happens, during my short break I enjoy Sergei Rachmaninov’s Preludes. What a delight! Perfectly suited to re-energize me with that.
“And when life once asked me: What is wisdom? – I eagerly answered: Ah yes, wisdom! One thirsts for it and never is replete, one looks through it like through a veil, one tries to grab it through nets.” Thus speaks Zarathustra in Friedrich Nietzsche’s monumental work “Thus spoke Zarathustra”. I read it some 20 years ago, I re-read it a few weeks ago. Wisdom and the quest for wisdom – does it make sense? The tension between knowledge, based on empirical science and logic, and belief in all things metaphysical. Man tries to be rational, but he is more often guided by his emotions, he seeks wisdom to celebrate his self-conscious independence, and at the same time he can’t negate his longing for a transcendental element like God.