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for those who can hear the music…

01/10/13 , , , , , , , ,

and those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.

here, friedrich nietzsche talks about people living on different wavelengths.  whether it’s in art, business, love, religion, etc., differences in perception/perspective between two sides could lead one to think that the other is a looney tune.  while that might be true on occasion, the differing thoughts/actions/feelings could also just be too high-pitched for some to hear the music in them at that time.

the quote reminded me of the william carlos williams poem “danse russe.”  after you read it through a few times below, grade the speaker “I” and the poet separately on a “dancing sanity scale” where if you hear the music in their actions/words = they’re sane and if you don’t hear it = they’re insane.  either way, explain in the comments:

“Danse Russe”
by William Carlos Williams

If I when my wife is sleeping
and the baby and Kathleen
are sleeping
and the sun is a flame-white disc
in silken mists
above shining trees,–
if I in my north room
dance naked, grotesquely
before my mirror
waving my shirt round my head
and singing softly to myself:
“I am lonely, lonely.
I was born to be lonely,
I am best so!”
If I admire my arms, my face,
my shoulders, flanks, buttocks
again the yellow drawn shades,–

Who shall say I am not
the happy genius of my household?


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