As You Like It

From E.A. Robinson, 1931:

“If a man is a materialist, or a mechanist, or whatever he likes to call himself, I can see for him no escape from belief in a futilty so prolonged and complicated and diabolical and preposterous as to be worse than absurd: and, as I do not know that such a tragic absurdity is not a fact, I can only know my native inability to believe that it is one.”

There you are, then. Take your pick.

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  1. Diabolical? Is the good poet claiming that materialists and mechanists have been somehow lulled into this belief by the devil? I suppose that would be another causal influence to factor in . . .

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted June 6, 2009 at 3:40 am | Permalink