A Short History of Decay (Penguin Modern Classics)

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A Short History of Decay (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Fifty-nine seconds out of each of my minutes,” I reflected as I walked through the streets, “were dedicated to suffering or to . We betray ourselves, we exhibit our heart; executioner of the unspeakable, each of us labors to destroy all the mysteries, beginning with our own. Who has not known those fears, those dizzy spells, those deliriums which bring us back to the beast, back to the last problems? How I detest, Lord, the turpitude of Your works and these syrupy ghosts who burn incense to You and resemble You! If Sunday afternoons were extended for months, where would humanity get to, liberated from sweat, from the weight of the first curse?

While it is only at their final stages, at the dissolution of a whole system of behavior and belief, that the other civilizations could enjoy that lively exercise which lends a flavor of futility to life, it was in full ripeness, in full possession of their powers and of the future that these two epochs knew the tedium heedless of everything and permeable to everything. If such a Being really existed, if our weaknesses vanquished our resolutions and our depths our deliberations, then why go on thinking, since our difficulties would be settled, our questions suspended, and our fears allayed? So long as our untried senses and our naive heart recognize themselves and delight in the universe of qualifications, they flourish with the aid and at the risk of the adjective, which, once dissected, proves inadequate, deficient. Detached from every object, having nothing external to assimilate, we destroy ourselves in slow motion, since the future has stopped offering us a raison d'être.

Against the obsession with death, both the subterfuges of hope and the arguments of reason lay down their arms: their insignificance merely whets the appetite to die. In the book's first chapter—its longest, taking up half the book's length—Cioran instead stresses the themes which are specific to the book.

By what necessity does this man shut himself up in a particular world of predilections, and that man in another? You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. For the outburst of desires, amid our knowledge which contradicts them, creates a dreadful conflict between our mind opposing the Creation and the irrational substratum which binds us to it still. Sections of A Short History of Decay were interpreted by Cioran biographer Marta Petreu as a "sideways apology" for his previous support of the Iron Guard. It stars Bryan Greenberg, Linda Lavin, Harris Yulin, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Benjamin King and Kathleen Rose Perkins.

The arguments come later; the doctrine is constructed: there still remains only the danger of “wisdom. This is how the stain the soul spread over the mind has been removed-—the only thing which reminded it that it was alive.

What a downfall, when you bear in mind, by some radical obsession, that man exists, that he is what he is—and that he cannot be otherwise. And if we had a miraculously present memory which sustained the totality of our past pains, we should succumb beneath such a burden. Each suffering, except ours, seems to us legitimate or absurdly intelligible; otherwise, mourning would be the unique constant in the versatility of our sentiments. But, suppose we do not want to be free of suffering nor to conquer our contradictions and conflicts.My mother used to read a lot of books when I was a child and I saw how much enjoyment these books would bring her. This new series of Central European Classics is important well beyond simply providing 'good reads'. God: a perpendicular fall upon our fear, a salvation landing like a thunderbolt amid our investigations which no hope deceives, the immediate annihilation of our unconsoled and determinedly inconsciable pride, a sidetracking of the individual, the soul on the dole for lack of anxiety. We are unfair to a Nero, a Tiberius: it was not they who invented the concept heretic: they were only degenerate dreamers who happened to be entertained by massacres. The abyss of two incommunicable worlds opens between the man who has the sentiment of death and the man who does not; yet both die; but one is unaware of his death, the other knows-, one dies only for a moment, the other unceasingly.

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