||24) ... Werd'
ich zum Augenblicke sagen ...
|| Werd ich zum Augenblicke sagen:
Verweile doch! du bist so schön!
Dann magst du mich in Fesseln schlagen,
Dann will ich gern zugrunde gehn!
Dann mag die Totenglocke schallen,
Dann bist du deines Dienstes frei,
Die Uhr mag stehn, der Zeiger fallen,
Es sei die Zeit für mich vorbei!
|| If to the moment I shall ever
"Ah, linger on, thou art so
Then may you fetters on me lay,
Then will I perish, then and there!
Then may the death-bell toll, recalling
Then from your service you are free;
The clock may stop, the pointer falling,
And time itself be past for me!
With these words the contract between Mephistopheles
and Faust is signed. These verses are very famous and
because they sound so romantic, many people like them
a lot. The desires of Faust go into every direction:
he wants to know everything, he wants to live life to
the max and he wants to experience, what mankind has
experienced, he wants the most beautiful stars of the
sky and the most profound pleasure of this world. He
is sensible enough to know his limits, sensible enough
to see the richness of what he has, but still he cannot
accept that to him only part of everything is offered.
About the ambiguity of this insatiable thirst we have
already spoken. This insatiable thirst has much more
strength than the full stomach of the little
and greater bourgeois. The negation opens new ways.
On the other hand he will never be happy. As long as
he lives on earth, there will never be a moment so happy
that he wants it to last forever.
It's difficult to say how much of the "faustic" principle
a society actually needs. But if more people existed
that want to change something, things would be more
interesting. In the one end of the world people are
dying of hunger, in another part people are too fat.
It costs millions of Euros and Dollars to ensure education,
but people spend three hours daily in front of the TV.
Which vision of happiness do people have, who go by
bus to a cathedral, a museum or a monument, take a photo
and continue their trip nro. 4711 organised by Adventure
Tours? Maybe none? In this case little of the faustic
principle does any harm to anyone. It's difficult to
explain the cattle-type-man what life is. Or did you
ever try to teach Hamlet to a cow? A cow is a very stable