Crooked Finger (crookedfingers) wrote,
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a diseased civilization

It is now in the flow of degeneration 4:27 PM late Thursday afternoon. Emily just picked up Josie Joy. Carol said she feels like she just worked a 12 hour shift.

I have been wondering my cell and reading, 'Fin De Siecle: Art And Society In An Age Of Uncertainty' by Shearer West. I will now quote from this interesting book that is also a commentary on the days we are currently living-

"Sickness of individuals and families was therefore seen as only one aspect of a sick civilization. Nietzsche's ironic comment, 'Madness is something rare in individuals-but in groups, parties, people, ages it is the rule', later took on more serious forms. The sociologist Emile Durkheim attributed the increase in suicides in the 1890's to this wide social malady: suicide could not be attributed to individual insanity but to a flaw in the fabric society which encouraged excessive individualism or immoderate self-sacrifice. Durkheim's ostensibly scientific study was in reality a comment on what he saw as a diseased civilization . . ." pg. 24

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