Notes from across the pond

Two quotes from T. S. Eliot’s The Idea of a Christian Society:

You have only to examine the mass of newspaper leading articles, the mass of political exhortation, to appreciate the fact that good prose cannot be written by a people without convictions. . . .

The tendency of unlimited industrialism is to create bodies of men and women – in all classes – detached from tradition, alienated from religion and susceptible to mass suggestion: in other words, a mob. And a mob will be no less a mob if it is well fed, well clothed, well housed, and well disciplined.

Written in 1939. Remarkable.

Category: From the Dead Thinkers Comment »

Comments are closed.

Back to top