I vaguely remember posting the quote below, with a request for help to find
its source, somtime ago. From all the channels I investigated, I was able
only to get a suggestion to look in Hesse's IF THIS WAR CONTINUES. Well I
have examined that at long last, and it's not there, although it is in
spirit. Everything it says is there in other words.
So I thought I would give the ol' tse list another try, just in case.
Anybody have any ideas?
Oh yes, I found a Hesse list which I subscribed to, but have yet to
receive confirmation of my membership.
I have seen a room, a city, a country so frenzied and intoxicated
that it becomes a homogeneous mass, and all individuality is
extinguished. In one great surge of unanimity, every previously
distinct impulse merges into a single mass impulse, and hundreds,
thousands, or millions are held captive as they express themselves
first with heroic, selfless devotion, in tears and touching
declarations, but then in madness and lust for war. My instinct as
an artist has always warned me against this human capacity to
become drunk on collective suffering, collective pride, collective
hatred, or collective honor...Indeed, it makes me shudder, for while
others weep with rapture and enthusiasm, cheering and venting and
crying out about brotherhood, I see blood flowing and cities going
up in flames.