There is something to be said about becoming famous after death. I think there is a romance to it. Say you have accomplished much in your lifetime. But it is only after you are gone, that the world sits up and takes notice of them.
I don’t look at that life as one of contentment. There would have been some parts of you that would have been striving for fame, for being known, for reaching out to others with your work. But you soldiered on thinking that this, only this, writing and creating in near anonymity would be your greatest contribution to life.
It took me by surprise when I realised that some writers who I defer to when things are tough, became famous posthumously.
The meaning of life is that it stops.
One of his most quote worthy quotes. It also gives me peace that someday all of this will cease. There will finally be a day, when I wouldn’t have to show up. Kafka explored themes of anxiety, alienation, isolation through his writing.
Most of his writing is about “not editing” oneself to fit in. He also would say that if you think it to be non- existent, then you haven’t desired it enough.
Don’t those thoughts just part waters in your mind. That suddenly you feel that whatever you have been wanting, you have not wanted it enough. You have not done enough to deserve it, and for a man who took solace in life stopping one day, he’s written a lot to ensure that the readers keep going on.
Edgar Allan Poe
He said “I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect on humanity. Man is now only more active- not more happy- nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago”.
Tell me how many of us have pondered the same thing as we see life pass by us. We have seen life when our grand parents were around, when we were graduating, we’ve seen the deaths of loved ones, we’ve laid to rest relationships and people that we loved more than love itself, and yet, yet everything is just a loop.
Your parents did this before you.
Your kids will do this after you.
Human life, human emotions have barely altered how we live. We are more aware maybe today, but awareness doesn’t mean we are wiser or happier or more successful. Human life just is. As it was then, as it will be.
He doesn’t give a morbid view of life. In fact it is rather realistic and grounded.
Like he says “Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.”
“Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.”
You love somebody, you declare it and you are loved back.
You love somebody, you don’t declare it and you stay in love with this person all your life.
The second version could feel sadder, but there is a depth to it that the first version just doesn’t bestow on you.
One of his quotes that resonates deeply with me is “Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?”
There are many writers and poets who made it into our consciousness after they had passed from the world. There is a certain magic about that. They continue to stay relevant and relatable and honest even from beyond our world. Every person who has written something has tried to convey their understanding of the universe. And just as the universe is so large, it is but justified that each write should have their moment in the sun. To attempt to capture the largesse of the universe, it is but imperative that we have as many souls as there are to attempt that capture.