by Hermann Hesse
translated by Hilda Rosner
That seems to be the way of things. Everyone takes, everyone gives. Life is like that.
This path is stupid, it goes in spirals, perhaps in circles, but whichever way it goes, I will follow it.
It also happened that curious people came along, who had been told that two wise men, magicians or holy men lived at the ferry. The curious ones asked many questions but they received no replies, and they found neither magicians nor wise men. They only found two friendly old men, who appeared to be mute, rather odd and stupid.
Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish.
And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom to one man seems nonsense to another.
Russell Etchen—Born 1979 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Artist, book designer, and curator living and working in Los Angeles