Nightmares of Eminent Persons and Other Stories

Nightmares of Eminent Persons and Other Stories

Nightmares of Eminent Persons and Other Stories

Nightmares of Eminent Persons and Other Stories

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The following “Nightmares” might be called “Signposts to Sanity.” Every isolated passion is, in isolation, insane; sanity may be defined as a synthesis of insanities. Every dominant passion generates a dominant fear, the fear of its non-fulfilment. Every dominant fear generates a nightmare, sometimes in the form of an explicit and conscious fanaticism, sometimes in a paralysing timidity, sometimes in an unconscious or subconscious terror which finds expression only in dreams. The man who wishes to preserve sanity in a dangerous world should summon in his own mind a Parliament of fears, in which each in turn is voted absurd by all the others. The dreamers of the following nightmares did not adopt this technique; it is hoped that the reader will have more wisdom.

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