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Wrongthink from Unthank

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Be always drunken. Nothing else matters: that is the only question. If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time weighing on your shoulders and crushing you to the earth, be drunken continually.
Drunken with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you will. But be drunken.
And if sometimes, on the stairs of a palace, or on the green side of a ditch, or in the dreary solitude of your own room, you should awaken and the drunkenness be half or wholly slipped away from you, ask of the wind, or of the wave, or of the star, or of the bird, or of the clock, of whatever flies, or sighs, or rocks, or sings, or speaks, ask what hour it is; and the wind, wave, star, bird, clock, will answer you: "It is the hour to be drunken! Be drunken, if you would not be martyred slaves of Time; be drunken continually! With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you will.”

"He is a libertarian in a millenarian, mystical and mythical way; in keeping with his times, his religious culture and his own psychological makeup. If we read his work properly he is revealed as much more than a lunatic. To call him "unbalanced" is to use hindsight, to call him mad is to misunderstand him altogether. His style is part of the way in which he tries to goad the powerful and hypocritical into recognising their errors and reforming. Since, "at a popular level, the millennium seems to have meant a future world freed from the insecurity of the seventeenth century", his message found hearers and was intelligible in his own times of recent political revolution and serious social turmoil."

There is a line in verlaine I shall not recall again,
There is a nearby street forbidden to my step,
There is a mirror that has seen me for the last time,
There is a door I have shut until the end of the world.
Among the books in my library (I have them before me)
There are some I shall never reopen.
This summer I complete my fiftieth year:
Death reduces me incessantly.

- Jorge Luis Borges
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