Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Quote for the day: Boring ourselves to death

"[Psychologist W.H.R. Rivers concludes that the Melanesians] are dying from pure boredom. When every theatre has been replaced by 100 cinemas, when every musical instrument has been replaced by 100 gramophones, when every horse has been replaced by 100 cheaper motor-cars, when electrical ingenuity has made it possible for every child to hear its bedtime stories from a will not be surprising if the population of the entire civilised world rapidly follows the fate of the Melanesians.'"

~~ Eliot's memorial to Marie Lloyd, 1923 (included in Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot)

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