Disenchanted


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It seems to them vulgar to enjoy food because you are hungry or to enjoy life because if offers a variety of interesting spectacles and surprising experiences. From the height of their disillusionment they look down upon those whom they despise as simple souls. For my part I have no sympathy with this outlook.

All disenchantment is to me a malady, which it is true, certain circumstances may render inevitable, but which none the less, when it occurs, is to be cured as soon as possible, not to be regarded as a higher form of wisdom.

[Bertrand Russell]
The Conquest of Happiness, p.111

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1 comment:

  1. To be positive, enchanted, is often to come across as naive, which is the neighbour of ignorance; and by extension, stupidity. Or so it may seem. Cynicism speaks of intelligence, of seeing through to an underlying truth. Cynicism is often used as an easy claim to intelligence, or as a defense mechanism.

    Cynicism currently seems to be in fashion, as the default setting for any self-regarding intellectual. When it is unexamined it is just as arbitrary and as lazy as any other mode of being.

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