April 04, 2009
Native Vices

From George Orwell’s evisceration of Tolstoy for Tolstoy’s evisceration of Shakespeare:

By nature [Tolstoy] was imperious as well as egotistical. Well after he was grown up he would still occasionally strike his servant in moments of anger, and somewhat later, according to his biographer, Derrick Leon, he felt “a frequent desire upon the slenderest provocation to slap the faces of those with whom he disagreed.” One does not necessarily get rid of that kind of temperament by undergoing religious conversion, and indeed it is obvious that the illusion of having been reborn may allow one’s native vices to flourish more freely than ever, though perhaps in subtler forms.

Like for instance you might invade Iraq.


Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 04, 2009 01:39 PM
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Or you might join Opus Dei and go to work for Reagan and suck your way up to a seat on the Supreme Court and spend the rest of your life voting against the principles laid down by Jesus every chance you got.

Posted by: Furber on April 5, 2009 2:59 PM
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