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Civilisation and Over-sensitiveness – Looking Back on the Spanish War from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

October 18th, 2011 · No Comments · Civilisation, Humanism, Spanish Civil War

One of the effects of safe and civilized life is an immense oversensitiveness which makes all the primary emotions seem somewhat disgusting. Generosity is as painful as meanness, gratitude as hateful as ingratitude. But in Spain in 1936 we were not living in a normal time. It was a time when generous feelings and gestures [...]

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Dying only to Quicken Again – “Spring Snow” – Yukio Mishima

August 3rd, 2011 · No Comments · Japan, Japanese, Literature, Philosophy

His conviction of having no purpose in life other than to act as a distillation of poison was part of the ego of an eighteen-year-old. He had resolved that his beautiful white hands would never be soiled or calloused. He wanted to be like a pennant, dependent on each gusting wind. The only thing that [...]

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