Man is what he says (or doesn’t say)
I have always been a lover of words and how insanely beautiful certain words can be, so that’s why I chose linguistics as my subject at the university.
The 19th century philosopher Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach said ‘Der Mensch ist, was er ißt’ (aka ‘man is what he eats’), I say ‘man is what he says (or doesn’t say)’. Words are our most powerful mean to comunicate, they enable us to express ourselves and our ideas; to comunicate our emotions, to build relationships and to concretely affect the world through our behavior.
Don’t worry, (hopefully) I won’t bother you with this linguistics stuff any longer, but if there’s one word I love, that is ‘Fernweh’. From fern (“far”) + Weh (“pain”), it can be literally translated from German as farsickness or longing for far-off places, as contrasted with Heimweh (“homesickness, longing for home”).
If you’re just back from your ERASMUS, or on the contrary, you’re just about to leave, I’m sure you know the feeling. It’s like a part of you is missing and only traveling you’ll be able to feel complete again.
If traveling means for you not just a goal but a necessity, I’m sorry to tell you that you’re suffering from Fernweh and there’s just one cure available: leaving again!
Written By Michela Gargiulo
Passionate reader, traveller and sunset lover. Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. Mark Twain said that one life wasn’t enough to learn German. Well, I haven’t given up yet.