segunda-feira, 27 de dezembro de 2010

Oscar gone Wilde

The more mechanical people to whom life is a shrewd speculation depending on a careful calculation of ways and means, always know where they are going, and go there. They start with the ideal desire of being the parish beadle, and in whatever sphere they are placed they succeed in being the parish beadle and no more. A man whose desire is to be something separate from himself, to be a member of Parliament, or a successful grocer, or a prominent solicitor, or a judge, or something equally tedious, invariably succeeds in being what he wants to be. That is his punishment. Those who want a mask have to wear it.

But with the dynamic forces of life, and those in whom those dynamic forces become incarnate, it is different. People whose desire is solely for self-realisation never know where they are going. They can't know. In one sense of the word it is of course necessary, as the Greek oracle said, to know oneself: that is the first achievement of knowledge. But to recognise that the soul of a man is unknowable, is the ultimate achievement of wisdom. The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?

Oscar Wilde - De Profundis

Acabado de ler isto, quase que passo a ser a favor da criminalização da homossexualidade (mas só quando envolva seres com QI acima dos 180, note-se, que é para não virem todas malucas de dedo em riste com a homofobia na ponta da língua). Nunca pensei que o ressabianço pudesse ser tão sublime.

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Anónimo disse...

If I could have half the mind Oscar Wilde had at the cost of being a poof, I'd have to think about it. Not for very long, but I'd have to pause...