Piano cover of the fugue (not the toccata) in d minor attributed to J.S. Bach. Arrangement by Hans-Günter Heumann.
"At the extreme limit of pain, nothing remains but the conditions of time and space." - HölderlinIndeed. Therefore, in view of a desire for self-therapy as well as self-strengthening, it may perhaps be a good idea to become friends with those external conditions of time and space - which of course aren't entirely external since our bodies occupy space as embodied (or incarnated) time, 'embodied time', that is, by virtue of their cyclical needs and ageing propensity (combining the circular and linear movements of time-keeping, which can lead one to take the view that time is essentially a spiral that spirals outward, just as the circle is pulled out of itself by pressure exerted by the forward motion of linear progression).
"dwells paradoxically within both while belonging to neither."
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."Interestingly, it is only once this crazy hamster-wheel-ethic of work for the sake of work is shown in its raw, naked insanity that the film begins to enter its final phase, when Jack becomes openly predatory and murderous towards his wife and son, thereby in a sense fulfilling the 'dull boy' observation of the typed papers.
"There is no stronger antipathy than that of fools to men of wit."It is not hard to see how this anti-intellectualism lends itself well to the fascistic and militaristic human society on display in the film - which can be seen as a barely covert commentary on aspects of contemporary society prevailing outside the film - that would certainly not welcome thoughtful anti-conformity and any significant degree of introspective mindfulness within its midst.
"The only difference between these two colours
is your belief that one is redder than the other."In the case of the money meme, perhaps the statement would be more accurate if it read
"the only difference between these two notes is other people's belief that one has more value than the other."[It seems to me this money meme fails to take into account sociological as opposed to merely individual factors at play in the difference in value between the two notes and, suspecting as I do that this meme is American in origin given it is a US dollar bill being used as an example, it shows up the limitations of individualist explanations for societal and large scale phenomena that prevailing American thinking seems to be particularly fond of using, allergic as it appears to be to collective and holistic realities.
"in the great pincers between Russia on the one side and America on the other"
"non cogito, ergo sum" (I don't think, therefore I am).
"Russia and America, seen metaphysically, are both the same. [In them, we find] the same hopeless frenzy of unchained technology and of the rootless organisation of the average man. When the farthest corner of the globe has been conquered technologically and can be exploited economically; when any incident you like, in any place you like, at any time you like, becomes accessible as fast as you like; when you can simultaneously 'experience' an assassination attempt against a king in France and symphony concert in Tokyo; when time as history has vanished from all Dasein of all peoples; when a boxer counts as the great man of a people; when the tallies of millions at mass meetings are a triumph; then, yes then, there still looms like a spectre over all this uproar the question: what for? - where to? - and what then?"is undeniably quite prescient, seemingly anticipating the world wide web and sites like YouTube (where 'the symphony concert in Tokyo' could be streamed live) and Facebook (where 'the assassination attempt against a king in France' would undoubtedly feature in the trending news items on the home feed).