Even in Solitude There Are Always Two

We live our whole lives in plurality--either in public, in private, or in solitude--but even even in solitude, there are always two sides in dialogue. Posted on 6 September 2015 | 8:00 pm

Infinitely Intoxicating

Louis Pasteur once wrote: I see everywhere in the world, the inevitable expression of the concept of infinity…. The idea of God is nothing more than one form of the idea of infinity. So long as the mystery of the infinite weighs on the human mind, so long will temples be raised to the cult…Read more Infinitely Intoxicating Posted on 11 January 2013 | 12:38 pm

Even in Solitude There are Always Two

“In solitude a dialogue always arises, because even in solitude there are always two.” -Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch In the back of a volume of letters between Louise von Salome and Rainer Maria Rilke, Hannah Arendt wrote in pencil: “253, 256, Einsamkeit.” On the corresponding pages, she marked out two passages from a letter from Rilke…Read more Even in Solitude There are Always Two Posted on 19 November 2012 | 11:56 am

Between Shadow and Light

One of my favorite images in Arendt’s writings comes not from Arendt herself, but her citation of the poem “Magic” by Rainer Maria Rilke. Rilke’s poem reads (in an approximate translation): From indescribable transformation originate Amazing shapes. Feel! Trust! We suffer often: To ashes turn our flames; Yet art can set on fire the dust.…Read more Between Shadow and Light Posted on 25 May 2012 | 9:50 am