추워지는 날씨. rambling.


i. 일주일 전, 독일에서는 최저 온도가 0도를 가르키며 겨울 패딩을 입고 다니는 사람이 눈에 자주 띄였지만, 이곳은 31도를 웃도는 더위가 극성이었다. 그렇게 더위가 얼마동안 이어지더니 가을비가 몇차례 내리고 이곳도 추워지기 시작했다. 더위가 가셔 반갑지만, 채 단풍이 다 들기도 전에 나뭇잎들이 가을비에 다 떨어질 것만 같아 아쉽다.


ii. 낙관론자도, 비관론자도 아니다. 하지만 햇살이 따뜻했던 어느날 (겉핥기로 혼자 책 몇 권 읽은게 전부여서 사실 제대로 이해를 하고 있는지조차 모르겠지만 어쨌든) 쇼펜하우어를 좋아한다고 했던 이유는 그의 염세주의를 납득하면서도, 그가 말하는 'Wille'과 'Mitleid'의 개념이 내겐 나름의 '희망'으로 비춰졌기 때문이다. ... 모든 면에서 나름의 중간 지점을 찾는 것이 내겐 여전히 숙제이고, 아무 의미없을지도 모르는, 괜한 죄책감 역시 여전하다. - 반면, 늘 아무런 기대도 하지 않는건, 혹은 늘 마음을 비울 수 있는 건, everything happens for a reason이라고 믿기 때문이다.


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iv. Most of the time, we have to be strong, we must not show our fragility. We’ve known that since the schoolyard. There is always a fragile bit of us, but we keep it very hidden. Yet Venetian glass doesn’t apologise for its weakness. It admits its delicacy; it is confident enough to demand careful treatment; it makes the world understand it could easily be damaged. It’s not fragile because of a deficiency, or by mistake. It's not as if its maker was trying to make it tough and hardy and then - stupidly - ended up with something a child could snap, or that would be shattered by clumsy mishandling. It is fragile and easily harmed as the consequence of its search for transparency and refinement and its desire to welcome sunlight and candle light into its depths. Glass can achieve wonderful effects but the necessary price is fragility. Some good things things have to be delicate - the dish says: ‘I am delightful, but if you knock me about I’ll break, and that’s not my fault.’ It is the duty of civilisation to allow the more delicate forms of human activity to thrive; to create environments where it is OK to be fragile. 

And we know, really, that it is not glass which most needs this care, it is ourselves. It’s obvious the glass could easily be smashed, so it makes you use your fingers tenderly; you have to be careful how you grasp the stem. It teaches us that moderation is admirable, and elegant, not just a tedious demand. It tells us that being careful is glamorous and exciting - even fashionable. It is a moral tale about gentleness, told by means of a drinking vessel. This is training for the more important moments in life when moderation will make a real difference to other people. Being mature - and civilised - means being aware of the effect of one’s strength on others. CEO’s please take note. 

- from Art as Therapy, Alain de Botton


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