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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Here is another article from Daily Celebrations - Can you tell I like the site? I can tell it is written by a sensitive person - that 'sees'. Must be a she. Maybe of a liberal religion. Caring. Sharing. Informative. Writes about a lot of writers.

Bertolt Brecht

""Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are." ~ Bertolt Brecht

Political playwright Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht (1898–1956) was born on this day in Augsburg, Germany and had a comfortable middle-class upbringing. A student of philosophy and medicine, he served in an army hospital during World War I and learned to detest war."War is like love; it always finds a way," the dramatist observed.

A lover of language and poetry, his first play, Bael, was published in 1919. A prolific writer who initially experimented with dada and expressionism, his stand out creations included the epic dramas Mother Courage and her Children (1941), Life of Galileo (1947), and The Caucasian Chalk-Circle (1948)."Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes," he said.

Brecht created his own lexicon and style, challenging the established norm. His revolutionary acting and staging technique, verfremdungseffekt, the "estrangement effect," was designed to help audiences remain detached from his characters.

"Mixing one's wines may be a mistake," he said, "but old and new wisdom mix admirably."Because of his leftist political beliefs and opposition to the regime of Adolf Hitler, Brecht and his family were forced to flee Germany in 1933 and spent 14 years in exile. He was awarded the Stalin Peace Prize in 1954.

He once advised: "Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life."

~~Life is fluid. Go with the flow."

My ? of the day is - can we go with the flow? Is it that easy?


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