Monday, Monday

“The problem with all the scientific manipulators is that somehow they don’t take life seriously enough; in this sense, all science is ‘bourgeois,’ an affair of the bureaucrats.  I think that taking life seriously means something such as this: that whatever man does on this planet has to be done in the lived truth of the terror of creation, of the grotesque, of the rumble of panic underneath everything.  Otherwise it is false.  Whatever is achieved must be achieved from within the subjective energies of creatures, without deadening, with the full exercise of passion, of vision, of pain, of fear, and of sorrow.  How do we know –– with Rilke –– that our part of the meaning of the universe might not be a rhythm in sorrow?  Manipulative, utopian science, by deadening human sensitivity, would also deprive men of the heroic in their urge to victory.  And we know that in some very important way this falsifies our struggle by emptying us, by preventing us from incorporating the maximum of experience.  It means the end of hte distinctively human –– or even, we must say, the distinctively organismic.”

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