Friday, April 8, 2005

Fighting the 'atrophy of feeling'

"The truth is I am escaping discussions, because I no longer believe Marxism is a solution to the miseries of the world. Because it does not cure man of violence. And it is only a solution to material needs. In the process, as in the process of American pragmatism, all other values are destroyed. Both countries exclude spiritual needs. America is in even greater danger because of its cult of toughness, its hatred of sensitivity, and someday it may have to pay a terrible price for this, because atrophy of feeling creates criminals."

- Anais Nin, April 1940, New York City (The Diary of Anais Nin Volume Three, 1939-1944:28)

Merci Tobias!


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