– Writing –
“The most important thing for me is to understand. For me, writing is part of this process of understanding. Writing is an integral part of the process of understanding. If I had a really good memory and I was able to retain all my thoughts I doubt I’d have written anything at all.” ~ Hannah Arendt
– Venture – (58min)
“Humanity is never acquired in solitude – or by giving ones work to the public. It can be achieved only by someone who throws his life and person into the public realm. This venture into the public realm, a quotation by Jaspers, what does it mean for you?” ~ Interviewer
“The venture seems clear to me. One exposes oneself to the light of the public. As a person. Although I’m of the opinion that one must not appear and act in public serif consciously. Yet I know that in every action that takes place a person is expressed by his action and his speech. Speech is also a form of action. That is one form of venture. The other is we start something. We weave our strand into a network of relations. What comes of it we never know. We all need to be able to say: Lord forgive them, for they know not what they do. That is true of all action. Simply and concretely true, because on cannot know. That is what is meant by a venture. I’d say this venture is only possible when there is a trust in mankind. A trust which is hard to formulate. But one which is fundamental. A trust in what is human in all people. Otherwise such a venture is impossible.” ~ Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt “Zur Person” Full Interview. In German with English subtitles.