“Sehnsucht is one of those German words that it is almost impossible to translate adequately. Along with Weltschmerz (world weariness or taedium vitae), the stage director and author Georg Tabori called Sehnsucht one of those quasi-mystical terms in German for which there is no satisfactory corresponding term in another language. (…)
It is already a tough proposition for us German speakers to describe Sehnsucht. Tender longing goes hand in hand with the painful knowledge that the thing longed for will never quite be attained.
Indeed, you even get the feeling that the granting of an eagerly awaited wish could immediately bring about the destruction of the desired object.
The English writer Oscar Wilde described the dilemma aptly when he said: “In this world there are only two tragedies: one is not getting what you want, the other is getting it.”
The word Sehnsucht itself expresses this conflict.
Despite these rational objections, once people have been gripped by Sehnsucht (desire), they are unable to shake off their longing. It is this close relationship (encapsulated in one word) between ardent longing or yearning (das Sehnen) and addiction (die Sucht) that lurks behind each longing waiting to turn the feeling into a destructive, self-defeating force.
If it is true that the word Sehnsucht is untranslatable - and indeed most languages make do with the word Verlangen (désir, desire or longing) or Nostalgie (nostalgie, nostalgia) – this in no way means that the feeling of Sehnsucht is a state of mind peculiar to German speakers.
The feeling of Sehnsucht is universal. And it is in the non-verbal means of expression – in painting, music and the visual arts – that this universal nature can be seen to best advantage.”—christoph blocher, ninth international woodcarvers symposium, brienz, on the theme of Sehnsucht (desire), 10 July 2006
If you had the chance to meet the future-you, the one thirty years from here and now, would you do it? Which reasons would make you vote for or against such an encounter?
i can not deny i would be more than curious to lurk into my future life, see what person i am, where i am, possibly with who i am. but it would ruin the pleasure of uncertainty, perhaps even reveal something i could not bear seeing from my present point; so no, i would not and i am very glad there is no such option. one (myself) tends to dwell in the past way too much for there to be the possibility to also face up to the certainty of a future — it all keeps me from being in the present.
I quit following you because you seem a narcissist. You keep posting pictures of yourself with the same idiotic expressions on your face. I like your choice in art, which was the main reason for following your blog. You also keep posting interjections from "admirers" who are probably nothing more than middle-aged trolls who complement you. Vain. Bye.
you seem to be very convinced of the meaningfulness and validness of your own statements, since you did not make the choice to reveal yourself to me, and give me the option to make that a private conversation, perhaps a discussion of more importance on your in-depth analysis of my character. but since you dislike the “idiotic expression” on my face, you are right. you shouldn’t be following me; i am very sorry i did not meet your expectations — bye.
what would you do with a million dollars (or two) ?
pack my bags, buy two tickets to a destination far away, spend some time traveling, exploring hidden places, hiking wondrous landscapes, return home, safe the rest for more important investments, future plans and beloved ones in need.
hi, jana! got any sage advice to someone that's single and wants a partner? shouts out to you and your lover! ;) ps~ glad to revisit your site after a long hiatus.
my advices for love are similarly non-existant as my advices for life, as i do not arrogate understanding neither of them to myself … the key is merely not to become bitter when it does not reveal itself for you the way you want it to.
on that note, welcome back. i hope you enjoyed your break.
life of pi was a very interesting read. my father insisted i read it after he had spent some time with it while stationed in iraq. he said he could not help but think of me. he felt that it shed light on my perspective. how have yu been, dear. what are some of your passions, where are you aiming to be. what is your middle name. do you dream of children and spending nights in a tent, sleeping close to the earth just a the foot of an endless shore?
it was recommended to me by a friend in new zealand, who handed me an issue saying that read books are not meant to gather dust in ones bookshelf but be passed on to others to share the knowledge; i must have read it in two nights. i am very glad you enjoyed it — it has been one of my favorites ever since.
i have been wonderful, yet i am a little exhausted, since i just came back from the airport.
my biggest passions are understanding and loving, i am aiming to be fond of myself and my life, wherever it leads me to, my middle name origins from the latin and means “happy”, and how do you know me so well?
“when the child was a child it had no opinions about anything, it had no habits, it sat cross-legged, took off running, had a cowlick in its hair and didn’t make a face when photographed.”—peter handke, also in wim wenders’ der himmel über berlin (wings of desire)
yes, i do believe some people part to make space for others to fill, to open eyes and hearts and replace the void for something better. nothing in this world is steady and no change is without reason; everything is in constant movement — let us move. let us grow with this. 7
it is nonsense says reason. it is what it is says love. it is bad luck says calculation. it is nothing but pain says fear. it is hopeless says insight. it is what it is says love. it is ridiculous says pride. it is careless says caution. it is impossible says experience. it is what it is says love.