Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Misanthrope


Om dat de werelt is soe ongetru / Daer om gha ic in den ruBecause the world is perfidious, I am going into mourning.


It is immoral to live in the world and, robbed by vanity [the figure in the glass ball] and blinded to the world [the hood], abandon responsibility towards it; to do so not only neglects to do good, but first harms oneself [the caltrops]. Rather, in humility, tend to the needs of others [like the shepherd]. The world may be perfidious, but so am I, and I am part of it.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Misanthrope

Om dat de werelt is soe ongetru / Daer om gha ic in den ru
Because the world is perfidious, I am going into mourning.

It is immoral to live in the world and, robbed by vanity [the figure in the glass ball] and blinded to the world [the hood], abandon responsibility towards it; to do so not only neglects to do good, but first harms oneself [the caltrops]. Rather, in humility, tend to the needs of others [like the shepherd]. The world may be perfidious, but so am I, and I am part of it.

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