Unamuno: witty and human

23 Jan

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Miguel de Unamuno (click)

“El hombre, dicen, es un animal racional. No sé por qué no se haya dicho que es un animal afectivo o sentimental. Y acaso lo que de los demás animales le diferencia sea más el sentimiento que no la razón. Más veces he visto razonar a un gato que no reír o llorar. Acaso llore o ría por dentro, pero por dentro acaso también el cangrejo resuelva ecuaciones de segundo grado.”

“Man is said to be a reasoning animal. I do not know why he has not been defined as an affective or feeling animal. Perhaps that which differentiates him from other animals is feeling rather than reason. More often I have seen a cat reason than laugh or weep. Perhaps it weeps or laughs inwardly — but then perhaps, also inwardly, crabs resolve equations of the second degree.”

See a beautiful full-length piece by Stefany Anne Golberg: The Philosophy of Death: Miguel de Unamuno was a man of contradictions. He saw tragedy and death in life, and that was why he loved it.

 

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