The Individual - A Study of Life and Death

The Individual - A Study of Life and Death

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 2009-04-30 edition. Excerpt: ...sympathy with the unseen. So it comes about that a new kind of affection is developed--one that does not concern the knowable fellow-being, but the invisible matethe ideal of the kind, the state, the divine, wheresoever the spirit may find it. Those who journey far on this way are in the end fortunate, in that their new devotions come at last to include the old, giving to the homely things of the common life a dignity and largeness which lift it to the higher realm. Most men, however, do not attain this reconciliation. For their more enlarged existence they have to dwell apart in their individual realm of hope and fancy. In various ways they may seek to express their feelings to those who are about them'. They may, after the manner of poets, make a profession of their feelings and so win bread or fame from their attempts to disclose themselves; but the essential quality of their inner life remains remote and really unexpressed by such action. Who supposes that Shakespeare was ever really known to his best friends? It is indeed to the inevitable isolation of such a genius that we may attribute the doubts that beset many people as to the authority of the works commonly ascribed to him. They ask why such power was not shown in his aspect, in his face, and in his ordinary contact with men. The answer is that the features and customary actions of men have been shaped for the uses of the common ancient life. The newer and seldom spirit has no such effective means of presenting itself to our eyes. For its use it has words alone which fit the need imperfectly and in very limited ways. So it is that the Stagirite seemed vain and chattering, and the Christ, to all save the few, a poor fanatic who might conveniently be swept away. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236981537
  • 9781236981530