Wednesday 19 June 2002

Anger and resentment

Mark Woods posted “some quotes taken from an old, barely legible holographic commonplace book of mine dating from the early seventies.” Among them was one by Robert Musil:

One can’t be angry with one’s own time without damage to one’s self.

I couldn’t help thinking of a statement by Kamo no Chomei, author of Hojoki (An Account of My Hut):

If I had not deeply resented the society I lived in, the darkness of this fleeting world would not have become illuminated for me.

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Musil was not one to resist illumination. He just admitted to retinal damage afterwards.

Posted by Ray on 20 June 2002 (Comment Permalink)

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