The Most Interesting Word in Modern Age: Kafkaesque

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” — Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka was one of the prominent figures in 20th-century literature. He was born into an upper-middle-class family. His father was a businessperson who expected Kafka to walk on his path. However, he wanted to be a writer.

He finished his formal education and later worked full-time as an insurance officer in an insurance company. Many of his all-time famous writings were written when he dedicated his free time to writing.

Franz Kafka spent most of his life believing he was never good enough. Like his father did. Ultimately, the belief is reflected in his writings and short stories.

Although Kafka was not sure to publish the articles during his short life, his close friend spent years putting together his masterpieces and post them after he died.

The Term Kafkaesque

After publishing his work, it became one of the noteworthy and relevant writings of the modern age. They are eerily attractive that you can't help but relate them to your own life at some point in time.

Therefore, intellects created an adjective that portrayed the theme of his work known as Kafkaesque.

Kafkaesque takes on deliberating logic to find the relation between the power of tyrannies and people stuck up in them.

To understand why the story gave birth to the word "Kafkaesque," we should look to its plot.

The Trial

In The Trial, Joseph K. wakes up on his thirtieth birthday to discover a group of bureaucrats ready to arrest him. He tries to find out why he has been suspended. He does not find any reason. No one tells him.

He then spends his massive chunk of time understanding the unnecessary complicated legal procedures that he went through. He tries escaping the maze, but all the escapes are blocked.

The needless paperwork, complex bureaucracies make the system so complicated that it almost feels impossible to get out of it.

So what is the Kafkaesque scenario here? It is not the absurdity of bureaucracy alone. They also describe how our lives are circular and are driven by an arbitrary power to which we have no answers.

It is experiencing situations that make no sense with disorganized and completely illogical processes. There is an interconnected web of barriers that creates a situation elongating.

It is easy to identify modern Kafkaesque today. Nowadays, we are judged by every action in our society, where the same organization does not know the answers.

Society That We Live In Today

There is satire in the illogical situations described above.

The question is, why some of the most straightforward things are complicated for no good reason?

There are complex unclear processes. Finding a solution in these perpetuating situations seems like a distant dream, so we accept it as our reality or suffer, calling it our fate.

We tend to accept the complicated bureaucratic governance as a part of our everyday lives. It is what our life may seem in general.

For example, it takes a lot of time to undergo legal procedures that, at one point, even the victim gives up on the idea of getting justice.

A void filled with a labyrinth consisting of illogical and extra processes that could be deleted or delegated.

Even bureaucrats and higher officials are unclear about such perpetuating realities and the paperwork that they make us go through.

The reason partly being failing at delegation.

Delegating task matter

We all know that someone out there can do a particular task better than we do. But we want to do it all! If we stop being a prisoner of our ego and break tasks to delegate them further, our work will be automatized, taken care of, time saver.

If we focus on creating processes rather than doing it all on our own, we may end up having cleaner and less complicated procedures saving years and years.

Endure the Pain or Challenge the Society?

In one of the interviews of Priyanka Chopra, when asked a question related to her movie — The Sky Is Pink, she said

"The beauty of this film is in its takeaway. Do not let anyone define to you what the color of the sky should be. It's a metaphor for live your life on your terms" — Priyanka Chopra.

Does that mean that we should completely ignore our administration? Certainly not, but rather than blindly following the dark and spiraling maze of any situation, we can always choose to question it.

Franz Kafka died believing that his work was not good enough. That's why he asked his friend to burn his writings at his grave whenever he would die. Had he put his career in front of the world, he might have experienced what he always wanted to remain suppressed.

Accepting 'It' As It Is

How many times the thought of following a blind routine came into your mind? Where getting success seems like a distant dream.

How often have you thought to go against society to the challenge of how and why we are doing what we are doing.

For example, the travel time for me while working at my job was two h a day. I used to subconsciously jump on a train for an hour-long ride, get off, go to work, work there as I am told, finish the day by logging off of the system, hopping in a return train to get back home to realize that I must follow this same routine for years to come.

Society wants us to play safely. It expects us to have a no-risk attitude. It wants us to give up on our dreams and follow the crowd. If we dive off a cliff from a mountain expecting to die, we will. However, hoping that we could fly in the process is what will make a difference.


Kafka believed that we carve our reality, and it has the power to change for the better. Let us not be prisoners of our thoughts and restrict ourselves from achieving goals that we have always desired.

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