Scrutinies by Various Writers

Scrutinies by Various Writers

Scrutinies by Various Writers

Scrutinies by Various Writers

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This volume is perhaps ten years overdue, for it would be an exaggeration to deny that, by this time, many of the revaluations it suggests are shared by most intelligent people.

There is a sluggishness in the communication of ideas in this country and a lack of curiosity about them which make a response to the intellectual situation slower than it is anywhere else. Such a disturbance as the War, and the consequent economic troubles, undoubtedly helped to aggravate this tendency, increasing the prestige of reputations established before the catastrophe, and the repugnance to modify an attitude once adopted -- helped directly, because half a generation of potential rivals and critics was bodily eliminated; and indirectly, since a threatened organism must curtail its expenditure of energy on everything not concerned with immediate ends. So for a number of years the distinguished reputations here discussed have stood like an avenue of cyclopean statues leading to a ruined temple, but, except for a few short-lived protests, the information that it is necessary to travel in some other direction for enlightenment has been carefully withheld. By concentrating a disillusionment which has been in the air so long, it may be possible to realise where . . .

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