„They have lost the ideal of the Land of the Free. Freedom demands initiative, courage, the need to decide what life must mean to oneself. To them, that is terror.“

—  Eugene O'Neill, Context: I listen to people talking about this universal breakdown we are in and I marvel at their stupid cowardice. It is so obvious that they deliberately cheat themselves because their fear of change won't let them face the truth. They don't want to understand what has happened to them. All they want is to start the merry-go-round of blind greed all over again. They no longer know what they want this country to be, what they want it to become, where they want it to go. It has lost all meaning for them except as pig-wallow. And so their lives as citizens have no beginnings, no ends. They have lost the ideal of the Land of the Free. Freedom demands initiative, courage, the need to decide what life must mean to oneself. To them, that is terror. They explain away their spiritual cowardice by whining that the time for individualism is past, when it is their courage to possess their own souls which is dead — and stinking! No, they don't want to be free. Slavery means security — of a kind, the only kind they have courage for. It means they need not to think. They have only to obey orders from owners who are, in turn, their slaves! John: Act 3, Scene 2.
Eugene O'Neill Foto
Eugene O'Neill2
US-amerikanischer Dramatiker 1888 - 1953
Werbung

Ähnliche Zitate

Frances Kellor Foto
Andrei Tarkovsky Foto
Werbung
André Gide Foto

„To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom.“

—  André Gide French novelist and essayist 1869 - 1951
The Immoralist, Chapter 1 http://books.google.com/books?id=MPmRAAAAIAAJ&q=%22Savoir+se+lib%C3%A9rer+n'est+rien+l'ardu+c'est+savoir+%C3%AAtre+libre%22&jtp=17#v=onepage (1902)

Edward Gibbon Foto
 Starhawk Foto
Cesare Pavese Foto
Ralph Waldo Emerson Foto

„For what avail the plough or sail,
Or land or life, if freedom fail?“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
Boston http://www.humanitiesweb.org/human.php?s=l&p=c&a=p&ID=20580&c=323, st. 5

Werbung
Paul Tillich Foto
Rosa Luxemburg Foto
Ted Cruz Foto
Werbung
Hubert H. Humphrey Foto
Robertson Davies Foto
Ted Cruz Foto
Ai Weiwei Foto