Conrad, The Secret Sharer

September 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

‘The youngest man on board (barring the second mate), and untried as yet by a position of the fullest responsibility, I was willing to take the adequacy of the others for granted. They had simply to be equal to their tasks; but I wondered how far I should turn out faithful to that ideal conception of one’s own personality every man sets up for himself secretly.’



September 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

And yet those trivial matters were not without significance in life, because life consists of trivial matters.

“Humanism”, from the 2003 Preface to Orientalism, by Edward W. Said:

September 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

By humanism I mean first of all attempting to dissolve Blake’s mind-forg’d manacles so as to be able to use one’s mind historically and rationally for the purposes of reflective understanding and genuine disclosure. Moreover, humanism is sustained by a sense of community with other interpreters and other societies and periods: strictly speaking, therefore, there is no such thing as an isolated humanist.

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