“(..)But the past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.”
“(..)But it is exactly these existing conditions that one objects to; and any scheme that could accept these conditions is wrong and foolish. The conditions will be done away with, and human nature will change. The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. (..) The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not on its growth and development.It is to be noted that Individualism does not come to the man with any sickly cant about duty, which merely means doing what other people want because they want it; or any hideous cant about self-sacrifice, which is merely a survival of savage mutilation. In fact, it does not come to a man with any claims upon him at all. It comes naturally and inevitably out of man. (..)”
“(..)The new Individualism, for whose service Socialism, whether it wills it or not, is working, will be perfect harmony.(..)” Oscar Wilde, “The Soul of Man Under Socialism”, The works of Oscar Wilde, Collins London & Glasgow, 1949, pp. 1039-1043.
[Re-posted from the Old Site, original dated December 12th 2007. Only small adaptations made, it’s surprising I was so open to conservatism back then but the argument is a good one and the remark below therefore has to stand.]
I could have written this better. William Blake could not. Oscar Wilde is older than I am but by far the younger of Blake.
As simple as that (if you read on):