Begleiten Sie mich in dem Wunsch, alles Gute zum Geburtstag von Hermann Hesse.
Hermann Hesse was born on this day in 1877. If you grew up in the 1960’s you couldn’t avoid the works of Hermann Hesse. He attained cult-like status among the counterculture for his writings about Eastern religion and the search for authenticity and spiritual enlightenment. His work has fallen out of favor and is considered a bit passé, but he will always appeal to the young and to those follow the mystic path.
We fear death, we shudder at life’s instability, we grieve to see the flowers wilt again and again, and the leaves fall, and in our hearts we know that we, too, are transitory and will soon disappear. When artists create pictures and thinkers search for laws and formulate thoughts, it is in order to salvage something from the great dance of death, to make something that lasts longer than we do.
(Narcissus and Goldmund)
Also celebrating a birthday today is another deep thinker and seeker of enlightenment (albeit through the consumption of psychotropics), Lindsay Lohan.
Happy Birthday LiLo.