am 25.10.2002 22:01 Uhr schrieb [log in to unmask] unter [log in to unmask]:

If you think about the quote, the Sibyl is wasting away (in fact, she has no soul, and is dead already [but still there!]) and so is Trimalchio, just as the Roman Empire is falling around them.  TWL is full of dead and dying people who exist as Europe crumbles around them.

You may be right, Michael.

Perhaps Eliot foresaw the decline of our materialistic "culture" (isn't it ironic that he had to work for a bank?), a "culture" based on the moloch of money . Perhaps he merely didn't realize that this decline would take longer. All indications (ecological, financial and moral)  seem to be pointing towards a whirling vortex.

Such a gratuitous use of violence we are seeing in the world  these days (9-11, Bali, Palestine, Chechnya, Moscow) would have been unthinkable some decades ago. And things tend to get worse: There is the leading world nation preparing for war, and there are several nations governed by ruthless criminal dictators with weapons for mass destruction. Up to now, they haven't used them --  that horrible, hardly imaginable scenario hasn't happened yet. But the notion of vast parts of a continent turned into a nuclear Waste Land is frighteningly near -- and nearly unbearable. And it will have an impact on everyone


Moloch! Moloch! Robot apartments! invisible suburbs! skeleton treasuries! blind capitals! demonic industries! spectral nations! invincible madhouses! granite cocks! monstrous bombs!

A.G., 1955