Empty Days

Thursday, September 30, 2004



Michel Montaigne:

Montaigne is famous for arguing that man is not in any way superior to the beasts, in fact, quite the contrary.

If anything this would be enough to qualify this thinker as a true skeptic - which sheds an interesting light on skepticism as a thoroughly personal approach to life - that's where you cease to see what all the broohaha was ever about.

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Curiously I've never read a line of Montaigne despite a long-standing desire to finally do so. For some reason I feel I first need to settle down and take a laid-back view of things - Montaigne is not a solver, he looks back on all the matters of the world and laughs contentedly. Now that it all ceased to matter, he can look from afar and reflect. I can't follow him there yet - I am still too much in the thick of things (paradoxically I am - even if I do strictly nothing all day long, heh).

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But actually: what bullshit. It's just that I need to find an edition where the language is accessible - I fucking can't read XVIc french - nay, ich kann aber nicht.





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