I have been meaning to read Goethe’s Faust for – oh, about 30 years!
About 5 years ago I got what looked like a FANTASTIC translation.
It was by Walter Kaufmann, who did such a GREAT job translating Nietzsche’s works into English.
Last week I FINALLY read it!
Was it one of the greatest works of literature ever written?
I can see where some people think that. Certainly parts of it were brilliant, imho.
But here is the thing.
I had no idea that the book’s main character was really Mephisto (aka, the Devil).
The thing that really caught my surprise that it was never clear to me WHY Faust sold his soul to the Devil (nor why he was saved at the end).
It seemed to me that Faust was just bored with his life and the Devil promised him something new – a new set of experiences that whetted his appetite.
Is that what happens to us?
We lose our appreciation for life.
We lose our passion for life.
So we get bored and start walking down the road of darkness and despair?
We are so overwhelmed these days – with our jobs (or searching for a job), the endless horrors that are happening around the world, our families, bills, etc. that we are both overwhelmed and bored at the same time.
When we feel despair, it is a sign that we have lost our way.
For the Lord is always with us.
The spark of the Divine is within us.
How can we feel so down when we are so blessed?
May you, my friend, feel blessed today.