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Uplifting Excerpt from John Steinbeck, "East of Eden"

Hello fellow liberty-fighters. I read this book a few years ago, and this excerpt from the book still rings in my heart as I see how things are progressing in our day in age. Please kick back and read this powerful passage from East of Eden. I'm sure you'll connect with it, and I hope this will be a forum plentiful in comments.

"I don't know how it will be in the years to come. There are monstrous changes taking place in the world, forces shaping a future whose face we do not know. Some of these forces seem evil to us, perhaps not in themselves but because their tendency is to eliminate other things we hold good. It is true that two men can lift a bigger stone than one man. A group can build automobiles quicker and better than one man, and bread from a huge factory is cheaper and more uniform. When our food and clothing and housing all are born in the complication of mass production, mass method is bound to get into our thinking and to eliminate all other thinking. In our time mass or collective production has entered our economics, our politics, and even our religion, so that some nations have substituted the idea collective for the idea God. This in my time is the danger. There is great tension in the world, tension toward a breaking point, and men are unhappy and confused.
At such a time it seems natural and good to me to ask myself these questions. What do I believe in? What must I fight for and what must I fight against?
Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man.
And now the forces marshaled around the concept of the group have declared a war of extermination on that preciousness, the mind of man. By disparagement, by starvation, by repressions, forced direction, and the stunning hammerblows of conditioning, the free, roving mind is being pursued, roped, blunted, drugged. It is a sad suicidal course our species seems to have taken.

And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for this is one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost."

East of Eden, John Steinbeck, 1952

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Weekend Meditation: When Lost ....

... seek directions, and look 'round.


"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."

~Benjamin Franklin

OK, I tried again.

There are no children that are created without a collaboration. What greater "creative" act is there?
He is a great writer - can make nonsense sound like truth.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Sick Freedom?

"And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual...."

is "sick"? :-?

Are you sure you're on the right forum, fishyculture?

"lol" lost on you?

I was being a little tongue n cheek, although I really did stop reading Steinbeck. It leaves me depressed for days.

And yes, that passage makes me sad because they are not just pretty words, they are the acknowledgment that the "fight" in my time will likely be epic. And unnecessary.


Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Prophets And Lost Along [and among] The Routes

Nothing necessarily depressing about Depression.

Lines of bread upon the water, my Fishy chum. ;-)

“They are not that kind. They take his message much as drivers take the directions on a roadside signboard — that is, with very little thought about the signboard, beyond being gratefully glad that it happened to be there, but with every thought about the directions.”

Isaiah's Job
- By Albert Jay Nock

“The mass man is one who has neither the force of intellect to apprehend the principles issuing in what we know as the humane life, nor the force of character to adhere to those principles steadily and strictly as laws of conduct; and because such people make up the great and overwhelming majority of mankind, they are called collectively the masses. The line of differentiation between the masses and the Remnant is set invariably by quality, not by circumstance. The Remnant are those who by force of intellect are able to apprehend these principles, and by force of character are able, at least measurably, to cleave to them. The masses are those who are unable to do either.

… In the 18th century, however, certain European philosophers spread the notion that the mass man, in his natural state, is not at all the kind of person that earlier authorities made him out to be, but on the contrary, that he is a worthy object of interest. His untowardness is the effect of environment, an effect for which "society" is somehow responsible. If only his environment permitted him to live according to his lights, he would undoubtedly show himself to be quite a fellow; and the best way to secure a more favorable environment for him would be to let him arrange it for himself. The French Revolution acted powerfully as a springboard for this idea, projecting its influence in all directions throughout Europe.
On this side of the ocean a whole new continent stood ready for a large-scale experiment with this theory. It afforded every conceivable resource whereby the masses might develop a civilization made in their own likeness and after their own image. There was no force of tradition to disturb them in their preponderance, or to check them in a thoroughgoing disparagement of the Remnant. Immense natural wealth, unquestioned predominance, virtual isolation, freedom from external interference and the fear of it, and, finally, a century and a half of time — such are the advantages which the mass man has had in bringing forth a civilization which should set the earlier preachers and philosophers at naught in their belief that nothing substantial can be expected from the masses, but only from the Remnant.
Even assuming that there is some social salvage to be screened out of the masses, even assuming that the testimony of history to their social value is a little too sweeping, that it depresses hopelessness a little too far, one must yet perceive, I think, that the masses have prophets enough and to spare. Even admitting that in the teeth of history that hope of the human race may not be quite exclusively centered in the Remnant, one must perceive that they have social value enough to entitle them to some measure of prophetic encouragement and consolation, and that our civilization allows them none whatever. Every prophetic voice is addressed to the masses, and to them alone; the voice of the pulpit, the voice of education, the voice of politics, of literature, drama, journalism — all these are directed towards the masses exclusively, and they marshal the masses in the way that they are going."


Sons of Darkness..Sons of Light

Following along this line..if you haven't seen this yet from Neithercorps Press... it's well worth a few minutes..10 mins each:

Part 1


Part 3

~Love, LB

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Light In The Darkness


Wow, Belle –

That was beautiful.

"In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty."
-- Phil Ochs


Sometimes I wonder if any other Individuals in this Group derive benefit from our kibitzing and footsy back and forth on such topics … [ Here and There more than a Weekend’s Meditation]. Then do I abandon inclination towards such altruism of self indulgence and flip a selfish ‘F*ck You’? … Or indulge altruism of self-interest … after all is this -Ism not a focused search for All Beauty, ergo, All True? Well, that works for me ;-) … and maybe just a few fellow Phishy freaks. ( Speaking of which, BTW, Fishy does in this instance, as she often does, have a point, IMHO) :


… Or Two - … ,

… particularly when it comes to creativity, she seems to understand which side of the bread, the butter’s on:


Biology Lurks


Crime and Punishment


Songs of Innocence … Songs of Experience


Shine On Like An Unbearable Lighthouse Of B E I N G



Can't pick up a fork any more without needing to poke a few sharks before I can eat...

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Thank you

That was excellent! Looks like I'm picking up another Steinbeck masterpiece as soon as possible.

I'm happy to see that someone

I'm happy to see that someone else found this to be interesting.

You two are sick!

Steinbeck, uplifting?
Yeah, whenever I need to smile I grab "The Pearl." Or for a real gut-rolling good time I like "The Grapes of Wrath." You know I finally realized I HATE Steinbeck, he always leaves me feeling like crap! His writing skill is not debatable, but I read for ENJOYMENT and that man never said anything that made me feel joyful, including the above passage.
To each his own... enjoy the eloquent misery... lol!

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.