I've long thought of seeking out some of the best minds of the Western philosophical tradition, and finding the runic thinking within them. When I was at the height of my absorption of rune principles, I would often mark the symbols on the side of books I was reading, when an idea seemed in accordance with what I knew of a rune. I wondered if anyone else did this?
Either way, I suffer from an interest in all wisdom, of every tradition, though the runes were my first gateway into organizing my mind and seeking 'enlightenment' (which I'm not certain exists; whatever works). So, I will often stumble upon things I think would stir up debate or conversation, but they have nothing immediate to do with the runes.
I've read some Schopenhauer and decided he was sufficiently gloomy as a thinker to lend his aid in populating the vast grey areas that are missing from the left over positive carnage that New Age thought seems to have left in its wake.
You must allow everyone the right to exist in accordance with the character he has, whatever it turns out to be: and all you should strive to do is to make use of this character in such a way as its kind of nature permits, rather than to hope for any alteration in it, or to condemn it offhand for what it is. This is the true sense of the maxim—Live and let live…. To become indignant at [people’s] conduct is as foolish as to be angry with a stone because it rolls into your path. And with many people the wisest thing you can do, is to resolve to make use of those whom you cannot alter.
Take this quotation and you'll find that many runes could be related. Tiwaz always strikes me as appropriate for any matters to do with the judgement of others. Kenaz also would fit in terms of it being a rune of craft, 'making use' knowledgeably. Ehwaz, because I find that Schopenhauer's words, above, about people seem to ring with great compassion if applied to this rune, while applying it to Mannaz for me makes the same words take on a darker edge.
But what do you think?
I would like to see some great quotations found outside of rune lore that might be brought into focus as runic lessons. Reply with some, if you have them!