Tuesday, 25 September 2012

'Mental Bronchitis'

“It always strikes me frightfully when I think how entirely my profession depends on a gift which might be withdrawn from me at any moment. I think of that very often, again and again, & generally how everything can be withdrawn from one & one doesn’t even know what all one has & only just then becomes aware of the most essential when one suddenly loses it. And one notices it precisely because it is so essential, therefore so ordinary. Just as one doesn’t notice one’s breathing until one has bronchitis & sees that what one considered self-evident is not so self-evident at all. And there are many more kinds of mental bronchitis.” Wittgenstein Public and Private Occasions

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