Anonymous asked: What do you think Kafka's “I am a cage, in search of a bird” means?
Ugh it’s a wonderful quote. I think it means that human nature is essentially connected with that urge to possess something/someone/perhaps your own self. A person who is a “cage” is a person who is painfully aware of his own condition; a person who is aware of the overall futility of his/her own humanity. That kind of a person feels caged in and therefore is a cage because he can’t fathom desire itself. The urge to desire. The fatally beautiful and absolutely haunting craving to crave; the insatiable longing to long. He doesn’t love freely because he can’t accept the flow of all that. In some way, he/she can’t love, deep down. When your love is merely about possessing the other, when your yielding is about yielding to just “find” someone, then it’s not love. It’s just another reflection of your own cage. It refers to people perpetually claiming they’d love to love someone whose mind would be wild & free, but what they “love” is nothing but the process of staying “in search”. The “bird”, to them, is not a certain someone or a certain something, it is in fact that little part of themselves which is still able to actually love. And there’s this sense of complete honesty in this line; this tone of raw confession, which makes it so lovely to read and yet sad. To me, it’s a sad line. Makes you ponder over the idea of freedom; makes you question how “free” we are vs how “free” we think ourselves to be.