Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Auden perspective ...

... It is not only governments who fear the trouble truth and dissent may cause; so does every human heart; for in his vegetative specter, every man is a frightened defender of his private status quo. That is one reason why governments exist. The anarchists, alas, are wrong.

From "Mystic—and Prophet," The Complete Works of W.H. Auden: Prose, Vol. II (Princeton University Press).

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