In 1770, Goethe, aged 21, stated the following views on vanity:
- “The [Faustian] puppet-play echoed and vibrated in many tones through my mind. I, also, had gone from one branch of knowledge to another, and was early enough convinced of the vanity of all. I had tried life in many forms, and the experience had left me only the more unsatisfied and worried. I now carried these thoughts about with me, and indulged myself in them, in lonely hours, but without committing anything to writing. Most of all, I concealed from Herder my mystic-cabalistic chemistry, and everything connected with it.”
Goethe, in other words, like Johann Faust before him, by this time, had essentially went through all the branches of "respectable" knowledge and occupation, e.g. law, medicine, philosophy, jurisprudence, etc., and saw everyone's occupation as but "vanity" labels or tags.
Why? | Vanity puzzles
In 1991, Libb Thims, aged 19, having basically a "blank slate", with respect to fundamental education, began to engage into a Faustian quest for knowledge (see: progress report), so to find meaning and understanding, in respect to "why", in respect to fundamental principles, a person was supposed to "do" any thing, in the first place, particularly in respect to the existence-defining question: so "what do you do?" (for a living), generally directed at males.
The puzzle here, being with respect to the evidenced fact (see: Buss study), that the better one answers this question, the more likely or probably it is that one will get the person asking the question to "fall in love" them in "20 minutes", as famously portrayed in the 1967 film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, intermixed with the famous "bar scene" of Good Will Hunting (1997), wherein the question of "do" resolves into a question of "vanity labels".
Here, to clarify, Goethe reverberates in pure intellectual kinship with Thims. Thims, however, was not aware of Goethe in these years, not having become knowledgeable about Goethe and his human chemical theory, until about Oct 2005, or thereafter, following a reading of Prigogine's 1984 citation of Goethe.
In 2001, Thims, after having completed degrees in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, qualified, accepted, and been in the Marine Corps officer aviation program, and while working towards a degrees in particle physics and biochemistry and studying to become a neurosurgeon (see: progress report), began to write on and do historical research in attempts to develop the newly-forming science of human chemical thermodynamics; draft manuscripts of which he began to circulate for review.
The following are related quotes:
- “Nothing happens in vain, but everything from reason and by necessity.”
- — Leucippus (c.460BC), On Mind (Fragment L1)
- Alley equation
- Beckhap's law
- Drive-thru paradox
- Buss study – Hmolpedia 2020.
- (a) Goethe, Johann. (1811-1833). From My Life: Poetry and Truth. Publisher.
(b) Goethe, Johann. (1832). Faust (translator: Bayard Taylor) (pgs. 230-31). Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1883.
- Note: at the age of 19, Thims, had never studied any branch of science (grades 2-12), owing to the fact that he had been purposely held back in second grade (age 7-8), because teachers perceived that he was bored in class and too young to be in second grade (and hence made to retake the entire year over again); hence, he had never taken a chemistry class nor opened a chemistry book of any kind, at the point when he learned or read somewhere that chemical engineering was the most-difficult degree in college.
- Berlin, Amanda. (2014). “7 Better Ways to Answer: What Do You Do?” (WB), The Muse.
- Note: before this point (Oct 2015), Thims used to frequently reflect in his mind that he wished he could have a "twin" brother, an "intellectual twin", so to say, with whom he could communicate with; commentary that he, from time to time, would passingly mention to his younger sister. After Oct 2015, however, Thims' mind was satiated, with the knowledge that there was one person in history who "thought" like he did!
- Vanity – Hmolpedia 2020.