Old Men

“There seems to be no bridge from the most radical subjectivity, in which I am no longer ‘recognizable,’ to the outer world of life.  Pain in other words, a truly borderline experience between life as ‘being among men’ (inter homines esse) and death, is so subjective and removed from the world of things and men that it cannot assume an appearance at all.”*

* “Goethe once remarked that growing old is ‘gradually receding from appearance;’ the truth of this remark as well as the actual appearance of this process of disappearing becomes quite tangible in the old-age self-portraits of the great masters – Rembrandt, Leonardo, etc. – in which the intensity of the eyes seems to illuminate and preside over the receding flesh.”


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