Sunday, 2 December 2012

Kafka and the Body: A Note




Kafka: 
For about ten years I have had this ever growing feeling of not being in perfect health, the sense of well being that comes with good health, the sense of well being created by a body that responds in every way, a body that functions even without constant attention and care, this source of well being that is for most people the source of constant cheerfulness, and above all unselfconsciousness – this sense of well being I lack.. just as this condition prevents me from talking naturally, eating naturally, sleeping naturally, so it prevents me from being natural in any way.
It is certain that a major obstacle to my progress is my physical condition.  Nothing can be accomplished with such a body.  I shall have to get used to its perpetual balking.

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