Advice to clever children. by Celia Green

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Tragedy,' they say; 'Heart-rending,' they say; 'Turn to page 7 for the faces of the bereaved in pictures,' they say. Do you seriously believe that anyone minds other people being crushed to death? If they did they would do something commensurate, not wallow in emotion. Necessity is the mother of invention; the human race is under no necessity to change the human situation, consequently it hasn't the ghost of an idea how one might set about it. 53 CHAPTER 9 The Human Psychosis The human psychosis is extremely simple.

But enough. It cannot, I grant, be demonstrated. In the last resort you perceive it, or you do not. I do not even claim that it is an easy perception to have, though an obvious one. It is an open secret, as Carlyle — following Goethe — said (though perhaps he was not referring to the identical perception); but the operative word is 'secret'. Now I think it is fairly obvious that any one inconceivable event or relationship is sufficient to establish that no limit can be set to the extent of the inconceivable.

It may make some difference to the quality of the suffering whether the consciousness is in a state of more or less profound dishonesty, but it makes no difference to the absoluteness of the phenomenon. However, when this phenomenon is discussed in this kind of book, it never seems to lead to the conclusion that pleasure is rendered invalid. Nor, indeed, does it lead to the conclusion that we should be reminded of the fact that the purpose of the universe may have nothing whatever to do with us.

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