“Before the Law” is a parable written by Franz Kafka as part of “The Trial.” Here, I read it for you and offer a brief interpretation. Here is a link if you would like to read it for yourself. 

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Before the Law is a parable that was written by Franz Kafka
as part of his book "The Trial," and I'm going to do a quick
reading of it to you and i'll have a link in the show notes to it.
Before the Trial is a part of the Before the Wall is part of the book, The Trial
and it's one of the stories that's told within it.
before the law stands a doorkeeper on guard.
To this doorkeeper, there comes a man from the country who begs for admittance
to the law. Let's substitute the word "life " there for
a second. That's my choice. I want to update it for modern times and
see if you can see an interesting twist to the story then. "But the
doorkeeper says he cannot admit the man at the moment.
The man on reflection asks if it will be . . . if he will be allowed then
to enter later. "It is possible," answers the doorkeeper but not at the moment
since the door leading into the law, into his life
stands open as usual and the doorkeeper steps to one side the man bends down to
peer through the entrance.. When the doorkeeper sees that, he laughs
and says, If you're so strongly tempted, try to get in
without my permission but note that I am powerful. I am only
the lowest doorkeeper. From hall to hall keepers stand at
every door, one more powerful than the other. Even the third of these
has an aspect that even I cannot bear to look at. These
are difficulties which the man from the country
has not expected to meet. The law, his life, he thinks, should be accessible
to every man than at all times but when he looks more closely at the
doorkeeper in his furred robe with his huge pointed nose and long thin
tartar beard, he decides that he had better wait until
he gets permission to enter. The doorkeeper gives him a stool and
lets him sit down at the side of the door.
There, he sits waiting for days and years.. He makes many attempts to be allowed in
and weary as the doorkeeper with his
with his importunity, the doorkeeper often engages him in brief conversation
asking him about his home and about other matters but the questions are put
quite impersonally as great men put questions
and always conclude with the statement that the man cannot be allowed to enter
yet. The man who is equipped . . . the man who has
equipped himself with many things for his journey
parts with all he has however
valuable in the hope of bribing the doorkeeper.
The doorkeeper accepts it all saying, however, as he takes each gift,
I take this only to keep you from feeling that you have left something
undone during all these years.. During all these long years, the man
watches the doorkeeper almost incessantly.
He forgets about the other doorkeepers and this one seems to him the only
barrier between him and the law, him
and his life. In the first years, he curses his evil fate aloud,
later as he grows old he only mutters to himself.
He grows childish and since in his prolonged watch, he has learned to know
even the fleas in the doorkeeper's fur collar, he begs the very fleas to help
him and to persuade the doorkeeper to change
his mind. Finally, his eyes grow dim and he does
not know whether the world is really darkening
around him or whether his eyes are only deceiving him.
But, in the darkness, he now perceives a radiance that streams
immortally from the door of the law, from the door of his life.
Now, his life is drawing to a close.. Before he dies,
all that he's experienced during the the whole time of his sojourn,
condenses in his mind into one question which he has never
yet put to the doorkeeper. He beckons the doorkeeper since
he can no longer raise his stiffening body,
the doorkeeper (now, the man is obviously dying)
the doorkeeper has to bend far down to hear him
for the difference in size between them has increased very much
to the man's disadvantage. What do you want to know
now? Asks the doorkeeper. "You are insatiable.
Everyone strives to attain the law," answers the man.
How does it come about then that in all these years, no one has come seeking
admittance but me?" The doorkeeper perceives that the man is
at the end of his strength and that his hearing is failing, so he
bellows in his ears, "No one but you could gain admittance
through this door since the door was intended only for you.
I am now going to shut it"
Think of that for a second. The door to your life
is open only for you. You are the one who's been waiting
waiting for permission to walk through and, yes,
there are barriers in your way but what's standing there between you
and taking that step through the gate? Hope you found this
engaging.Hope you have something to think about.
Have a great day!


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

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Translated titles:
Ante la ley | NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

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Avant la loi | NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

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قبل القانون | NoBSCoachingAdvice.com



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