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Benjamin, Walter - Illuminations - The Need for Mental Relaxation



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Walter Benjamin – Illuminations – The Task of the Translator

If sleep is the apogee of physical relaxation, boredom is the apogee of mental relaxation.

Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience.  A rustling in the leaves drives him away.

His nesting places – the activities that are intimately associated with boredom – are already extinct in the cities and are declining in the country as well.  With this the gift for listening is lost and the Community of Listeners disappears….  The more self forgetful the listener is, the more deeply is what he listens to impressed upon his memory.

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Benjamin, Walter

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