Monday, November 19, 2007

On the wall

Says Kafka in his famous novel, "The Metamorphosis",
Als Gregor Samsa eines Morgens aus unruhigen Träumen erwachte, fand er sich in seinem Bett zu einem ungeheueren Ungeziefer verwandelt.
which translates (among a lot of versions) to,
As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.

Sometimes, you ought to be self-deprecating, self-loathing to get a different perspective of your own world. Like the insignificant insect on the wall, you ought to observe what goes on around you. Devoid of all meaning, in dark, negative thoughts about life, relationships and the self. Just like Gregor Samsa woke up one day and found that he had turned into vermin, I guess you ought to see the your own world as an insignificant person. We are usually caught up in our self-importance, that often borders on narcissism - a view can only be described as an Hitlerian perception of the self.

Kafka'a Samsa gives us the tool to be the desolate loner, one who is shrinking into a shell characterized by loss, loneliness and despair. Gregor slowly shrinks in size, implying the losing importance of one's own self to a seemingly uncaring world. He is in a self-destructive path, seemingly inevitable decline, an unstoppable end. The sad part, he probably had nothing to do with it. Or, maybe he did. One can never be sure.

I can see how Gregor Samsa would have felt.

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