We are on a trip through the south of Germany, and internet access is limited, so this will be brief.
We’re visiting Bayreuth, home of acclaimed Opera writer, Richard Wagner. Every year, there’s a Wagner festival, and we just happen to be here for 2010 Wagner fest! We’re about to go listen to a lecture on the theological themes in Wagner’s work. Why? Cause I’m a nerd.
But, something I wanted to share real quick:
This is Wagner’s house (better pics to come soon), which, in the tradition of naming your houses, he called “Wahnfried.” My friends were trying to explain what this word means. It means “free from wahn” and “wahn” is translated as “delusion.” However, no one seems to be happy with that translation because there’s a quality to it that means, not just delusion, but also a sense of wandering and searching, trying to get rid of your unsettledness by chasing delusions. Wagner said that it was in this home, here in Beyreuth, that freed him from that condition.
There’s something about this idea that I connect with, and I think a lot of people do. What are we chasing? What do we need to feel content with our lives? Some folks find it in work, some in family, some in location…others never do. I’m just curious (now that people seem to be reading this thing), if you want to have a conversation: have you been freed from your wahn? If so, what did you find that gave you peace?