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Civilisation and Over-sensitiveness – Looking Back on the Spanish War from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

October 18th, 2011 · No Comments · Civilisation, Humanism, Spanish Civil War

One of the effects of safe and civilized life is an immense oversensitiveness which makes all the primary emotions seem somewhat disgusting. Generosity is as painful as meanness, gratitude as hateful as ingratitude. But in Spain in 1936 we were not living in a normal time. It was a time when generous feelings and gestures were easier than they ordinarily are.

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