Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Good Morning!!

It is another foggy day, good for the complexion I cheerfully say.

I have a must-read book to recommend.  It is by Czeslaw Milosz and is called The Captive Mind.   Though written in 1951, it is completely relevant today.   I ordered it through Amazon, though it came from The Book Depository in the UK.  The postage was only $4.00 and it arrived quickly in an envelope in my mailbox, probably within four days.  You could probably order directly from www.bookdepository.co.uk.

I give you some words from the book.  Remember this was written in 1951 by a man in Paris, in exile from his native Poland.

"The man of the East cannot take Americans seriously because they have never undergone the experiences that teach men how relative their judgments and thinking habits are.  Their resultant lack of imagination is appalling.  Because they were born and raised in a given social order and in a given system of values, they believe that any other order must be "unnatural," and that it cannot last because it is incompatible with human nature.  But even they may one day know fire, hunger, and the sword.  In all probability this is what will occur; for it is hard to believe that when one half of the world is living through terrible disasters, the other half can continue a nineteenth-century mode of life, learning about the distress of its fellow-men only from movies and newspapers."


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