Idle thoughts of an idle fellow

“Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muß man schweigen”, some of the most famous words in philosophy. “Whereof we cannot speak, thereof we must be silent”. A catchy saying.

Wrong, but catchy. Life is elision.

But as I blog, I think of those words. The question which sits in my mind is “What is a blogger?” Or to be less universal, “What am I blogging for?”

Not, I think, for ego, not, alas, for Umberto Eco’s “ideal reader.

I blog I think for two reasons, the first is that words in serried ranks are a way of putting thoughts in order and creating links. The second is that I feel that I am or should be part of the public space. What are we public servants if invisible, unconnected, absent? But can we be visible? What becomes of the “world” if we become part of it?

Heisenberg’s Civil Service?


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