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1920. Excerpt: ... POINTS OF FRICTION Living in History WHEN Mr.
Bagehot spoke his luminous words about "a fatigued way of looking
at great subjects," he gave us the key to a mental attitude which
perhaps is not the modern thing it seems. There were, no doubt,
Greeks and Romans in plenty to whom the "glory" and the "grandeur"
of Greece and Rome were less exhilarating than they were to Edgar
Poe, --Greeks and Romans who were spiritually palsied by the great
emotions which presumably accompany great events. They may have
been philosophers, or humanitarians, or academists. They may have
been conscientious objectors, or conscienceless shirkers, or
perhaps plain men and women with a natural gift of indecision, a
natural taste for compromise and awaiting developments. In the
absence of newspapers and pamphlets, these peaceful pagans were
compelled to express their sense of fatigue to their neighbours at
the games or in the market-place; and their neighbours--if well
chosen--sighed with them over the intensity of life, the formidable
happenings of history. Since August, 1914, the turmoil and anguish
incidental to the world's greatest war have accentuated every human
type, --heroic, base, keen, and evasive. The strain of five years'
fighting was borne with astounding fortitude, and Allied statesmen
and publicists saw to it that the clear outline of events should
not be blurred by ignorance or misrepresentation. If history in the
making be a fluid thing, it swiftly crystallizes. Men, "living
between two eternities, and warring against oblivion," make their
indelible record on its pages; and other men receive these pages as
their best inheritance, their avenue to understanding, their key to
life.. Therefore it is unwise to gibe at history because we do not
chance to know it. It pleases...
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