It is love, not reason, … which is stronger than death, and from that alone can flow the sweetness of civilisation. Reason in itself is too abstract and impersonal a force to face down death. But such love, to be authentic, must live ‘always in silent recognition of the blood-sacrifice.” One must honour beauty, idealism, and the hunger for progress, while confessing in Marxist or Nietzschean style how much blood and wretchedness lie at their root.
Terry Eagleton, summarising Thomas Mann’s argument in The Magic Mountain (Reason, Faith and Revolution, pp.163f.)
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