Goethe Hell! Or, If You Don’t Know Ennui By Now.

Just wonderful. read it.


Johann_Heinrich_Wilhelm_Tischbein_-_Goethe_in_the_Roman_Campagna_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg Goethe: #metoo.  Watch that hand, crying boy.

“Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away.”


I love Goethe because it’s The Sorrows of Young Werther that I turned to whenever I was returned to Dumpsville: population Middlerabbit.  There’s nothing like a bit of self-pity and moping, is there?  Not that this is about being dumped again because it’s not.

I’ve written about my first and third year at university, but not said much about my second.  It was an odd time for me in some ways: it felt a bit like being in limbo – neither one thing nor another.  I lived so far from campus that I felt even less connected to it than I did in my first year, but nor was I a townie.

Thus continued a pattern of feeling pretty much detached from that which I ought to be attached.  It’s been a constant…

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This is the story of what happened to me when anxiety took a grip. I lost my senses, I lost my job, and I lost me. I then turned to writing to find those things that had gone missing. How can you teach when you believe that education is a business that is failing in its primary remit of helping to create a better society? Indeed, how can you teach when you believe that you have nothing of value to pass on? The book/blog is the story of my recovery from the absolute darkness of the early days. It is an Odyssey through my life over the last twelve months and a retracing of my steps to discover how I found myself there. More than all of that, it is a re-evaluation and a rejoicing of all that which I call life. Happy reading and I hope it helps. There is madness, Everyday Madness, and not all of it comes from within.

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