Benjamin, Walter - Illuminations - Understanding destiny on point of death
Type of spiritual experience
A description of the experience
Walter Benjamin – Illuminations – The Task of the Translator
Today people live in rooms that have never been touched by death, dry dwellers of eternity, and when their end approaches they are stowed away in sanatoria or hospitals by their heirs.
It is, however, characteristic that not only a man’s knowledge or wisdom, but above all his real life first assumes transmissible form at the moment of his death.
Just as a sequence of images is set in motion inside a man as his life comes to an end – unfolding the views of himself under which he has encountered himself without being aware of it – suddenly in his expressions and looks the unforgettable emerges....