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May still hear. Surely, surely this ignoble sluggishness, sceptical torpor, indifference to all that does not bear on Mammon and his interests is not the natural state of human creatures; and is not doomed to be their final one ! Other states once were, or there had never been a Society, or any noble thing, among Under this brutal stagnancy there lies painfully us at all. imprisoned some tendency which could become heroic. The restless gnawing ennui which, like a dark dim oceanflood, communicating with the Phlegethons and Stygian deeps, begirdles every human life so guided,-is it not the painful Imprisoned it will cry even of that imprisoned heroism?
Your skin is covered, and your digestive and other bodily apparatus 336 LATTER-DAY PAMPHLETS [NO. is supplied ; and you have but to wish in these respects, and more is ready ; and-the Devils, I think, are quizzing You ask for ‘ happiness,’ “ 0 give me happiness ! “you. and they hand you ever new varieties of covering for the skin, ever new kinds of supply for the digestive apparatus, new and ever new, worse or not a whit better than the old ; and-and-this is your ‘ happiness ’ ? As if you were sick children ; as if you were not men, but a kind of apes !
Generations such as ours play a curious part in World-History. (They sit as Apes do round a fire in the woods, but know not how to feed it with fresh sticks. They have to quit it soon, and march-into Chaos, as I conjecture; into that The world turns land of which Redlam is the Mount Zion. out not to be made of mere eatables and drinkables, of newspaper puffs, gilt carriages, conspicuous flunkies ; no, but of something other than these ! Old Suetonius Romans, corrupt babbling Greeks of the Lower Empire, examples more than one : consider them ; be taught by them, add not to the number of them.
British Battlecruisers 1914-1918 by Gordon Williamson, Ian Palmer