Monday, January 31, 2011


"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."
Marie Curie


  1. And there are things that we do not understand and that we still need not fear.

  2. Very incouraging and stoic. But you'd do better if you were understanding AND fearing. That there is nothing to fear and everything fine, is what a mother has to make feel a child in the cradle, but it cannot be a reasonable attitude of a scientist. Nevertheless it will always preveal in most scientists. So let0s close our eyes either. The question is quite futil. She got radiation sickness at her fingertips, and it is hard to say whether mankind as a whole got imprisoned more by knowledge today than it was once imprisoned by ignorance. We living in the "west" certainly have enjoyed an unprecedent paradise during the last 50 years. What a paradox, that Germany could experience after that war such a paradise! Let's understand without fear! But one must have got a nerve

  3. Isn´t fear the main reason for the human desire for a god? And shouldn´t we at first try to understand and to learn prior to addressing our requests to an unknown.

  4. Not God has to be feared but the condition of insicuritas in the age of sabotage and Big Brother.

    The main reason for religions is 1. the longing for an omnicomprehensive sense of proportion (in which Musil's "qualities" find ALL their place beyond the intrincic contradictions), 2. the uneasyness in front of egocentrism and anthropocentrism and 3. the deep love for deceased wifes, suns, daughters, brothers, sisters...

    Religion has at first very few to do with fear, but very much with sense and the feeling of harmony. Gioachino da Fiore was already longing for a third testament which should treat spirituality (after the archaic Father and the Son, which has become archaic as well). Luther's God is more female and motherlike than the catholic God which is more severe (but Lutherans should not forget the function of Mary!).

    Religion and music have very much in common. It isn't a question of courage to become dodecaphonic or atheist, but a question of sense. Vernunft kommt von Vernehmen. Atheism is a good exercise (especially for people who are too flattered by the idea that they might be God's image), but it is no "solution" (and least of all a rational one). The traditional religions are like old ships with many holes, where water is coming in, but not nightmares like the Flying Dutchman or the Gorch Fock. Atheists very rarely are able to create strong images which are not pale beneath religious images and can enchant like a great melody. Piergiorgio Odifreddi is lovely! But we are far from travelling in a new wonderful ship or spaceship. In the mean time an intelligent person needs to be courageous: not to declare him/herself atheist, but religious (not to speak of chaste).

    The summ of beauty + fear = leads to the sublime. But this is something which has't anything to do with the origin of religions, it is only the alternative to narcisism which religion can provide.

    And it is an anthropogical universal fact which atheism can pervert or impoverish, but it cannot eleminate it and hardly imbellish it.

    It is not by chance that from the time on when it became difficult to say something reasonable on religion (i.e. from Voltaire on) the matter of the ineffable par excellance - music - has had such a great development. Especially among german speaking people (the Germans in the slavic languages are called "the mute").