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Desecrate it at a Touch – “Spring Snow” – Yukio Mishima

August 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · Ideology, Japan, Japanese, Literature, Progressive Politics, Prose, Writing

Dreams, memories, the sacred—they are all alike in that they are beyond our grasp. Once we are even marginally separated from what we can touch, the object is sanctified; it acquires the beauty of the unattainable, the quality of the miraculous. Everything, really, has this quality of sacredness, but we can desecrate it at a touch. How strange man is! His touch defiles and yet he contains the source of miracles.

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