This day in history 2010

februari 12, 2010 kl. 11:57 e m | Publicerat i Skrivande | Lämna en kommentar

A day, a year, a town in Northern Europe.

People have gathered in this room since 1672.

Magistraten at the town hall ”Rådhuset” of Gothenburg (i.e. not the nearby city hall ”Börsen”).

What we’ve been doing here for hundreds of years will we no longer do.

When Monday comes we will work at a brand new facility.

Today history was made.

If only the walls could speak …

They can’t.

Whoever we are, wherever we roam in this world, we must write, so that something remains.

When we read the words of ancient times there is magic going on.

People, long gone, communicate with us. And if we read their words out loud, those people come alive.

It’s magic.

”We are always doing something for posterity, but I should fain see posterity do something for us.” Joseph Addison, 1714

Well, there you have it, Jospeh. Almost three hundred years later you come alive again, first when I read you and now when another person (hey there, whisper your name) reads you.

”Though earth and man were gone, and suns and universes ceased to be, and Thou were left alone, every existence would exist in Thee.” Emily Brontë, 1800something

”The lyfe so short, the craft so long to lerne, Th’ assay so hard, so sharpe the conquering.” Geoffrey Chaucer, 1300something

”This world is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those that feel.” Horace Walpole, 1776

A comedy, and a tragedy. Then to me the world must be a tragicomedy.

When I’m alone, behind my own walls, I am free. Free to think, free to feel, free to write until eternity ends.

And someday it will all make sense.

Håkan Tendell


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