Friday, October 10, 2008

Empire of Yin - Part 2: The Persistent Blindness of Superiority

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Hieronymus Bosch, The Seven Deadly Sins; Vanity – circa 1475-1480


The seer

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As a tyke, I sat in Catechism classes wearing the red neckerchief and Karl Marx pin of the socialist Young Pioneers, with Christ crucified on one wall and an Antichrist crucifier, Konstantin Rokossovsky, on the other. Perhaps this is why, fifty years later, I feel that life in the West is a moveable feast on a ship of fools.

A far greater man, Alexandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn, felt so too. On 8 June 1978, Solzhenitsyn stood in front a jubilant class of overfed, overconfident Harvard graduates, and told them that they and their culture were – to put it succinctly – full of shit.

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