Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)
hast mich letzthin einmal gefragt, warum ich behaupte,
ich hätte Furcht vor Dir
complain that the words of the wise are always merely parables
and of no use in daily life, which is the only life we have.
When the sage says: "Go over," he does not mean that we should
cross to some actual place, which we could do anyhow if the
labor were worth it; he means some fabulous yonder, something
unknown to us, something too that he cannot designate more
precisely, and therefore cannot help us here in the very least.
All these parables really set out to say merely that the incomprehensible
is in- comprehensible, and we know that already. But the cares
we have to struggle with every day: that is a dif- ferent
matter. Concerning this a man once said: Why such reluctance?
If you only followed the parables you yourselves would become
parables and with that rid of all your daily cares. Another
said: I bet that is also a parable. The first said: You have
won. The second said: But unfortunately only in parable. The
first said: No, in reality: in parable you have lost.
qu'on fait n'est jamais compris mais seulement loué ou blâmé.
Nietzsche, Gay Science