My Life's Course
Suffering terrible inner torment. I became a writer.
Then year after year I went on being a writer and suffered for the sake of the Idea,
in addition to which
Then 1848 came. That helped. There came a moment when, blissfully overwhelmed,
I dared say to myself:
But almost in the same instant something new came crashing down on me: the Highest, after all, is not to comprehend the Highest, but to do it.
It is true that I had been aware of this from the very start; that is why I am something else again than an author in the ordinary sense of the word. On the other hand, I did not realize so clearly that by having private means and being independent it was easier for me to express existentially the thing I had comprehended.
Then when I had understood that, I was willing to stand forth as a writer, since having private means made action easier for me than for other writers.
But here it is again: the Highest is not to comprehend the Highest, but to do it, and note this well, including all the burdens it involves.
Only then did I properly understand that Mercy must find a place in the plan; if not, a human being would suffocate the moment he was about to start.
But, but Mercy should not be included in order to prevent effort, so here it is again: the Highest is not to comprehend the Highest, but to do it.
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