Rilke and bioethics

My colleague Ray De Vries used a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke in a recent talk.  The translation is by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy and can be found here.

Orpheus, do you hear
the new sound
droning and roaring?
Many now exult in it.

Though the Machine
insists on our praise,
who can listen
with all this noise?

See, it rolls over everything,
weakening us
and taking our place.

Since its strength is of our making,
why can’t it serve
and not possess us?

Sonnets to Orpheus I, 18


Author: Scott Kim

I am a philosopher and a psychiatrist, and work mostly in bioethics. My current interests are in the ethics of physician assisted death and research ethics.

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