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Selbstzurückweisung

When we look at someone (an angel) from a position of unrequited love and imagine the pleasures that being in heaven with them might bring us, we are prone to overlook a significant danger: how soon their attractions might pale if they began to love us back. We fall in love because we long to escape from ourselves with someone as ideal as we are corrupt. But what if such a being were one day to turn around and love us back? We can only be shocked. How could they be as divine as we had hoped when they have the bad taste to approve of someone like us? If in order to love we must believe that the beloved surpasses us in some way, does not a cruel paradox emerge when we witness this love returned? „If s/he really is so wonderful, how could s/he love someone like me?“
(Alain de Botton – On Love)

Geistige Unfreiheit

Überhaupt fürchten sie sich vor jeder offenen Frage; sie denken immer gerade so weit, wie sie die Antwort schon in der Tasche haben, eine praktische Antwort, eine Antwort, die ihnen nützlich ist. Und insofern denken sie überhaupt nicht; sie rechtfertigen nur. Sie wagen es unter keinen Umständen, sich selbst in Zweifel zu ziehen. Ist das nicht gerade das Zeichen geistiger Unfreiheit?
(Max Frisch – Stiller)