joi, 13 august 2009

Immortality, Milan Kundera

Kundera ar fi teribil de nemulţumit de demersul meu de a selecta numai câteva fragmente din carte pentru că ar simţi că îi ciopârţesc opera. S-a arătat îngrijorat şi de faptul că nu există cititor care să nu sară peste câteva rânduri şi chiar pagini din când în când. Nici măcar un cuvânt nu a fost pus la întâmplare. Singura scuză e că fragmentele pe care le-am ales nu încearcă să spună ceva despre carte decât pe un plan secundar, în primul rând sunt bucăţelele pentru un colaj.

"High culture is nothing but a child of that European perversion called history, the obssesion we have with going forward, with considering the sequence of generations a relay race in which everyone surpasses his predecessor, only to be surpassed by his successor. Without this relay race called history there would be no European art and what characterizes it: a longing for originality, a longing for change."

"The Jewish religion imposes a law on its believers. This law wants to be accessible to reason (the Talmud is nothing but the perpetual rational analysis of God's commandments) and does not require any mysterious sense of the supernatural, no special enthusiasm or mystic flame in the soul. The criterion of good and evil is objective: it is a matter of understanding the written law and obeying it.
Christianity turned this criterion inside out: love God, and do as you wish! said Saint Augustine. The criterion of good and evil was placed in the individual soul and became subjective. If a soul is filled with love, everything else is in order: that man is good and everything he does is good."

"I think therefore I am is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches. I feel, therefore I am is a truth much more universally valid, and it applies to everything that's alive. My self does not differ substantially from yours in terms of its thought. Many people, few ideas: we all think more or less the same, and we exchange, borrow, steal thoughts from one another. However, when someone steps on my foot, only I feel pain. The basis of the self is not thought but suffering, which is the most fundamental of all feelings. While it suffers, not even a cat can doubt its unique and uninterchangeable self. In intense suffering the world dissappears and each one of us is alone with his self. Suffering is the university of egocentrism."

"Christiane did not suffer from hypertrophy of the soul and did not yearn to exhibit herself on the great stage of history. I suspect that she preferred to lie on her back in the grass and watch the clouds float by."

Un comentariu:

Oszkár spunea...

Eu am citit doar al doilea citat, si se pare ca domnul Kundera are o profunda intelegere gresita despre crestinism.

In primul rand nimic din ce spune lui nu se bazeaza be Biblie, deci nu prea are legatura cu crestinismul.

In al doliea rand Biblia spune ca omul este stricat si rau pana in adancul inimii. Doar daca Domnul i-a luat pacatele si traieste in el Cristos, atunci e capabil de ceva bun. Si bunul si raul nu e nicidecum subiectiv: masura este Biblia si sfintenia lui Dumnezeu. Duhul Sfant intr-adevar traieste in cei mantuiti, dar in putine cazuri particulare ii va face subiectivi.