introduction

Dicky Leonard rqvj at whitbyunited.20m.com
Sat Sep 2 07:51:52 PDT 2006


One sees this at its most obviousin the English press.
On the whole, human beings want to be good, but nottoo good, and not quite all the time.
But their dislike of standing armies is a perfectly soundinstinct. Also, the common people are without definitereligious belief, and have been so for centuries. Few Europeans can endure living inEngland, and even Americans often feel more at home in Europe. It is quite true that the English are hypocritical about their Empire. Why is the goose-step not used in England?
The whole of what one may call official literature isfounded on such assumptions. Society has always to demand a little more from human beingsthan it will get in practice.
But their dislike of standing armies is a perfectly soundinstinct. The first morning in our own little home, darling!
Had theydone that they would have had to abdicate.
The belief in them influences conduct, national lifeis different because of them. This is obscene, if you like, but itis not immoral.
The professed enemies of society have this feelingas strongly as anyone else.
If you look into your own mind, which are you, Don Quixote orSancho Panza? The professed enemies of society have this feelingas strongly as anyone else. It is quite true that the English are hypocritical about their Empire.
Theworking mans heart does not leap when he sees a Union Jack.
The mosthateful of all names in an English ear is Nosey Parker. The existence of these people was by any standard unjustifiable. Even theintelligentsia have only accepted it in theory.
There is no popular poem about Trafalgaror Waterloo, for instance. Asingle example will be enough to show how this is done.
There is the spooningcouple and the middle-aged, cat-and-dog couple, but nothing in between. Theywere simply parasites, less useful to society than his fleas are to adog.
It was a stagnant period, and its natural leaderswere mediocrities. In England people are still hanged by the neck and floggedwith the cat o nine tails. And, as western peoples go,the English are very highly differentiated. But this is also theonly art that cannot cross frontiers.
The slightest hint ofhigher influences would ruin them utterly. 
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