Dag Hammarskjöld

“To be ‘sociable’ – to talk merely because convention forbids silence, to rub against one another in order to create the illusion of intimacy and contact: what an example of la condition humaine. Exhausting, naturally, like any improper use of our spiritual resources. In miniature, one of the many ways in which mankind successfully acts as its own scourge–in the hell of spiritual death.”

– Dag Hammarskjöld; translated from Swedish by Leif Sjöberg & W.H. Auden.

Likewise, he also wrote poetry; or possibly merely arranged his thoughts through a rhythmic symbolism:

Too tired for company,
You seek a solitude
You are too tired to fill.

Seems to me that these both can (at times)  fit autism pretty well. 😛

A few more that I like, from the book “Markings,” that I found on a free books giveaway table here at school a few weeks ago:

“To say Yes is never more difficult that when circumstances prevent you from rushing to the defense of someone whose purity of heart makes him defenseless before an attack.”


“Your position never gives you the right to command.   It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life that others can receive your orders without being humiliated.”

I think that the spirit of this last quote should be drilled into the minds of all prospective and current teachers–K-12 AND University.


~ by lastcrazyhorn on September 12, 2009.

4 Responses to “Dag Hammarskjöld”

  1. I had a copy of Markings years ago. Your quotes make me want to track down another. He was a very insightful person.

  2. “Your position never gives you the right to command. It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life that others can receive your orders without being humiliated.

    The lack of social skills in NT’s can be awe-inspiring.

    Humility seems not to feature in the curriculum of trainee teachers, nor anywhere else these days.

    A large portion of our ‘disability’ is other people’s attitudes.

    What a queer Disorder we suffer from… Why are we in the DSM, and they not?

  3. One of the big Australian self-advocates, Lindsay Weekes, has a fondness for Hammarskjold.


    He’s right, of course, about our ‘spiritual resources’.

  4. It’s still possible to order “Markings” from Amazon, although the blurred serif font bothers me. But I don’t have time to maintain a webpage right now. I might put a blog there once I eventually master WordPress.

    “Not to encumber the earth. No pathetic ‘Excelsior!’ but just this: not to encumber the earth.”

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