Comments on Gratuitous Literary Fragment #38 (compromise)

Audrey Hepburn (2005-03-17T18:33:34Z)

Still there might be a strategy beneath all that. What Quentin experiences brings up to my mind the sentence coined by Pascal: “Qui veut faire l’ange fait la bête”. Rather than asserting that the hero overcame Truth, I’d say he has come to terms with his own contradictions: idealistic yearnings vs. cravings to make it in life. Maybe surrendering to a contrapuntal position equates with reaching one’s inner poise, or so it seems to me…

phi (2005-03-17T00:21:02Z)

idealist… or psychotic? realist… or neurotic?
I'd hoped you'd give us some more ideas or stategies to cope with an imperfect (that's putting it mildly, like saying a glass is 1% full) world…
So the hero overcame Truth (cf. GLF #36?) but did he stop seeing it or only thinking about it?

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