Saturday, August 22, 2015


A Danger to Themselves and to Others

J. Enoch Powell (1912-1998), "A Classic Case of Barbarism," Times Literary Supplement, May 31, 1990, p. 31, quoted by R.S. Merrillees, "Greece and the Australian Classical Connection," Annual of the British School at Athens 94 (1999) 457-473 (at 470):
Through Latin and Greek, modern man enters a different dimension, not merely of time and space, not merely of language and thought, but a different dimension of life. People who have no sense of the past, no sense of proportion, no sense of what mankind has accomplished already, are a danger to themselves and to others. They suffer from stunted vision, laboriously re-making old mistakes, reconquering continents already known and mapped.

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