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The Unbearable Lightness of Being, or Milan Kundera on Eternal Recurrence

28 May

Let us therefore agree that the idea of eternal return implies a perspective from which things appear other than as we know them: they appear without the mitigating curcumstance of their transitory nature. This mitigating circumstance prevents us from coming to a verdict. For how can we condemn something that is ephemeral, in transit? In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine (Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 1984: 4).