Anni. Letters and Writings of Annemarie Wächter by Annemarie Wachter, Marianne Wright, Erna Albertz

By Annemarie Wachter, Marianne Wright, Erna Albertz

Even if she used to be for a few years the spouse of a pastor, Annemarie Waechter Arnold used to be recognized for her dislike of spiritual speech and pious utterances, who prefer in its place to precise her religion in sensible gestures of affection. a contented and lively lady, she touched the lives of hundreds of thousands with deeds of generosity, kindness, and encouragement. Few who knew her as an grownup may have well-known her because the youngster who wrote in her diary: "There is just not anything in me, i'm not anything, i've got no opinion, no conviction, no course, no nothing...what is God? i do not understand even if i feel in him or don't think in him...this internal loneliness is the worst factor there's, occasionally it could possibly kill you." This ebook is the tale, advised in Annemarie's personal phrases, of her course from doubt and melancholy to a lifetime of function, religion, and pleasure. Annemarie used to be set in this direction whilst she answered to a decision from God so robust and direct that it abolished all her doubts. This name led her to a existence in Christian neighborhood the place she might devote herself thoroughly to training God's coming state of justice and love. As she wrote, "It is infinitely reassuring to understand that there's an absolute fact, an infinitely nice love. it really is significant to grasp that one doesn't need to squander one's existence, one doesn't have to ask anymore what lifestyles is absolutely for, what its function is."

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Children and fairy tales are inseparable – one cannot be imagined without the other. Children and fairy tales belong together in the deepest sense because the basic element of a fairy tale is living deeds. There is nothing abstract or intellectual in them; the focus is completely on the action of the story, and there is nothing senseless or unrelated in the plot. Unburdened by rational thought and classifying, criticizing consciousness, primitive peoples could create and develop such themes. Therefore there is a naturalness, unconcern, and freshness to fairy tale characters that seems impossible to the modern, self-conscious person.

Child and primitive man must always find such a resolution. The only character in a fairy tale to suffer relentless punishment is the one that is the embodiment of evil. But that does not in and of itself mean anything distressing or oppressive – the deed is served its just reward. A sense of justice is extremely clearly developed. The fairy tale knows no compromise; it remains consistent. A child also possesses a very keen and unbending feeling for justice. The more uncomplicated and unstructured the fairy tale is, the more strongly are the two extremes displayed.

Two of the girls were carried downstairs and saved. They were laid on the grass, and someone pretended to give one artificial resuscitation while the other had her arms and legs bandaged. There was a great commotion when the two appeared upstairs again. It was a terrifically funny business, with the whole house standing and watching from the windows. By the way, my bicycle arrived here hale and hearty on Monday and I already put it to use on Wednesday. There were five of us: the gym teacher, the arts and crafts teacher, the cooking teacher, Elli Stehr (a girl from our class), and I.

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