Franz Kafka on existence and belonging to God

 

Franz Kafka (d. 1924)

 

I haven’t seen the German original — I’m citing No. 46 of Franz Kafka’s Zürau Aphorisms, as rendered into English by Michael Hofmann — but even those who have only a little German should be able to get the point of this comment, which seems to me worthy of reflection:

 

“The German word sein signifies both ‘to be there’ and ‘to belong to Him.’”

 

It’s really rather profound, actually.

 

 

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