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Fichte Addresses to the German Nation
Germany did not exist as a nation when Fichte lectured with French troops marching outside. Fichte proposed to expand universal education in Germany to produce a will to do good in every student until the entire population had a single will. The Second Address, items numbered 19 and 20, describes the creative activity each student needs to use to imagine a good prototype. Once physical needs have been satisfied, the ability of the student to imagine the good of the community needs to be tested to make sure each student is learning for the love of learning. Seeking “ever new life,” (p. 26) Fichte reminds us:
This is possible only
where progress is regular,
and where every mistake in education
is discovered immediately
through the failure of what was intended. (p. 26).
Now that electronic communication makes it possible for each individual to find some stimulation of a sensual nature in each waking moment and while falling asleep, snoozing for morning intervals, we are more like a song called Pinch Me:
I could leave but I might stay.
All my stuff's here anyway.