Saturday, September 4, 2021

Goethe: "More Light"

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” ~ Goethe in his novel Elective Affinities (1809). 

This line is full of wisdom. It is true that people who brag about being free turn are often the ones who are easily enslaved—they are also quite ruthless in enslaving others.

When Goethe was dying at the age of 82, it is said that his last words were: “More light.” 

Perhaps he wanted someone to light a candle or open the window, but his last two words can be taken as a metaphor for his quest for illumination or wisdom.

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