McFee's Musings

July 28, 2012

The Golden Age Is In Us

Filed under: Poet's Pot Pouri — dwightmcfee @ 11:29 pm

“If men have always been concerned with only one task—how to create a society fit to live in—the forces which inspired our distant ancestors are also present in us. Nothing is settled; everything can still be altered. What was done but turned out wrong, can be done again. The Golden Age, which blind superstition had placed behind [or ahead of] us, is in us.”

The Golden Age Is In Us, a line from the anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss.

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2 Comments »

  1. I first read this paragraph of Levi-Strauss in a Guardian obituary of Douglas Hyde, in 1996, and many times thought about it since, and am sad that I had to wait till another obituary, that of Alexander Cockburn, to read it again… (He doesn’t – if it’s him – write the penultimate phrase in full, so thank you for putting it In: ‘which blind superstition had placed behind [or ahead of] us…’) But it’s real shiver-down-the-spine stuff, isn’t it?

    Comment by Nicolas Robertson — August 20, 2012 @ 7:36 am | Reply

  2. Actually it was the Ohio Citizen, the only source I looked at in English (until just now), who missed out the small, important (for rhythm as well as meaning) extra bit – apologies to Alexander Cockburn, and bon voyage

    Comment by Nicolas Robertson — August 20, 2012 @ 8:07 am | Reply


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