Sunday Feb 23, 2003
In “The Metamorphosis,” Franz Kafka shocked readers with a grotesque fable about a man who wakes up one morning to discover he has been transformed into an insect, which dovetails with the Buddhist world view of rebirth, or transmigration of the soul.
Is this possible?
The great philosopher Voltaire wrote that the doctrine of reincarnation is “neither absurd nor useless,” adding, “It is not more surprising to be born twice than once.”
Nightmarish at first glance, Kafka’s born again parable is about waking up, to become self-aware and see your self as you are without illusion and the dulling veneer of ingrained social conditioning imposed by the establishment.
Note: This passage is from Divine Fire inside the main site gallery.