About freedom. Bruckner’s 4th.

Bruckner symphony No. 4 I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell

What is freedom?
A friend once showed me a picture
where you could see a man
who was in prison
but in his mind he was free.
Majestic waterfalls and
eagles flying in the air 
enriched his mind
whilst he was sitting in jail.
On the other side there was a man
who was one of the richest in the world
but in his head he was in a jail.
He was trapped in his own concepts 
and governed by fear.
Who of those is freer?
For me it is the man in prison.
It is our inner freedom that makes us free.
While being a human were are bound
to certain circumstances.
I can live like Diogenes in a barrel 
but I doubt that this will be of any use -
to me or society.
I think being a human includes certain 
materialistic limitations.
Radicalism in the outside
is not a solution to me.
What I think is decisive
is the inner freedom.
Whether we are married to our concepts,
to our concept of who we are, 
who we want to be in ten years
or our concept of the others,
our concept of how everything
should be.
Bruckner's 4th symphony
speaks to me about this.
Listen to Herbert Blomstedt 
talking about his impression
of Bruckner's 4th symphony:
Often we are astonished if it turns out
that the so long known friend is actually
pretty different than we thought.
But maybe we just didn't want to give up
our concept we had of him.
When I listen to the very beginning of
Bruckner's 4th symphony, just a few bars,
I can already hear freedom.
It is like standing on the top of a mountain.
It is something beyond.
Beyond our concepts.
Foto by me

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