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The deadening of the emotions, and the ebbing away of the waves of life which are the source of these emotions in the body, can increase the distance between the self and the surrounding world to the point of alienation from the body. As soon as this symptom of depersonalization was seen as an intense degree of mournfulness, the concept of the pathological state, in which the most simple object appears to be a symbol of some enigmatic wisdom because it lacks any natural, creative relationship to us, was set in an incomparably productive context. It accords with this that in the proximity of Albrecht Durer’s figure, Melancholia, the utensils of active life are lying around unused on the floor, as objects of contemplation.
— The Origin of German Tragic Drama (1928) - W.Benjamin (via circulationwithinmyskull)

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