Saturday, May 17

"Yossarian Lives"...on and on

A STRANGE HUMANISM, which seems to think that it is not how you live but the number of years you live that matter most; which does everything in its power to protract a miserable existence  forever, if it were possible  but should somebody refuse to buy into this cult of longevity because he does not think it proper that a man should be afraid of death or take excessive care of the body, a thing of earth and clay” — naturally dead  it scoffs and mocks him and thinks him fit for the loony bin; which is moved to tears and bitter compassion to see a man knocked down by a misfortune, but has no eyes for "yonder man" who bears his with courage and fortitude; which sees and understands suffering, but neither sees nor understands virtue.

Even at that hour when the grey sky of St. Petersburg is shrouded in total darkness and all its race of officials have dined and sated the...