in a positive place, hansestadt lübeck, 2017
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
It is sometimes said that, by virtue of his psychological make-up, man cannot live unless he attaches himself to an object that is greater than himself and outlives him, and this necessity has been attributed to a supposedly common need not to perish entirely. Life, they say, is only tolerable if one can see some purpose in it, if it has a goal and one that is worth pursuing. But the individual in himself is not sufficient as an end for himself. He is too small a thing. Not only is he confined in space, he is also narrowly limited in time. So when we have no other objective than ourselves, we cannot escape from the feeling our efforts are finally destined to vanish into nothing, since that is where we must return. But we recoil from the idea of annihilation. In such a state, we should not have the strength to live, that is to say to act and struggle, since nothing is to remain of all the trouble that we take. In a word, the state of egoism is in contradiction with human nature and hence too precarious to endure.”
Émile Durkheim | On Suicide
I’ve visited the Olympus perspective playground in Berlin. It’s a very laudable advertising campaign that Olympus launched in several (European) cities since 2013…
Merzbild mit Regenbogen (Merz Picture with Rainbow), c. 1939 by Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948)
Nation-states came late to history, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest they won’t make it to the end of the century…