Monday, February 23, 2009

To raising consciousness . . .

Today is the birthday of Karl Theodor Jaspers (February 23, 1883 – February 26, 1969), German psychiatrist and philosopher. He is considered a major contributor in the movement of existentialism.

"But we ourselves philosophize in communication, not in isolation. Our point of departure is man's relation to man, the individual's way of dealing with the individual. In our world, linked fellowship seems like the true reality. Communication leads to our brightest moments and lends weight to our life. My philosophizing owes its every content to people who have come close to me. I consider it true in so far as it aids communication. Man cannot place himself above man; he can approach only those he meets on the same level. He cannot teach them what to do, but together they can find out what they want and what they are. There can be solidarity in what must animate our existence if it is to turn into being." - Karl Jaspers

“Reason is like an open secret that can become known to anyone at any time; it is the quiet space into which everyone can enter through his own thought” - Karl Jaspers

"To fail to be human would mean to slip into nothingness." - Karl Jaspers

"Man, if he is to remain man, must advance by way of consciousness." - Karl Jaspers

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