A Brief for “Ambivalence”

January 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm (By Amba)

It’s not for everyone.  But the resolved have such strong, almost unanswerable arguments in favor of being resolved; I like having a strong defense of not being.

He thinks of nothing but ‘Political Justice’ . . . I explained what I thought of Dilke’s Character.  Which resolved itself into this conclusion.  That Dilke was a Man who cannot feel he has a personal identity unless he has made up his Mind about everything.  The only means of strengthening one’s intellect is to make up ones mind about nothing–to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts.  Not a select party.  The genus is not scarce in population.  All the stubborn arguers you meet with are of the same brood–They never begin upon a subject they hve not preresolved on.  They want to hammer their nail into you and if you turn the point, still they think you wrong.           ~ John Keats

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