According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other half.
Nun kramst du wohl bei Lampenschein herum in deinem Kämmerlein; nun legst du ab der Locken Fülle, das Oberkleid, die Unterhülle; nun kleidest du die Glieder wieder in reines Weiß und legst dich nieder. Oh, wenn dein Busen sanft sich hebt, so denk, dass dich mein Geist umschwebt.
Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.