Fabric of Life
In every garb I needs must feel oppress’d,
My heart to earth’s low cares a prey.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust I (Faust)
Man is the only animal not endowed with a protective coat.
However, ‘Fabric of Life’ is not primarily about the acquisition of textiles.
The German word ‘Stoff’ means not only material but also the very fabric of life, the substance of mankind – perhaps because clothing is the material most natural to man.
Man’s equilibrium can never be stable whilst in a state of constant fluctuation or metabolic imbalance.
This is the basis for life.
Man exists, from a biological point of view, in a flowing equilibrium.
Applied to our everyday lives, the tragedy of man lies in his never-ending entanglement with the fabric of life.