Act the Same

Sotd: numb – witt lowry. 

I had a funny little thought this morning as I at my bacon sandwich (I know I’m meant to be doing IF but it’s pretty rare I get bacon on a weekday).

I’m quite liking Dorian Gray, it’s a great little treatise of life and indulgence and a bit of a mockery of it all. What I like the best is the characters and how they all work out. Not trying to sound like an English essay it’s a lovely little novel. My favourite character is probably Lord Henry who just happens to have incredible things to say every time. Wilde confessed that Lord Henry represented what the public thought of him, a pessimisstic experimenter with no morals and he is and its quite amusing to watch. 

Perhaps that it tells a little of me that I empathize with basically a psychopath but I dunno it’s interesting what he says to say the least. 

Here’s some lovely little quotes of his. 

“To be good is to be in harmony with one’s self,” he replied, touching the thin stem of his glass with his pale, fine-pointed fingers. “Discord is to be forced to be in harmony with others. One’s own life – that is the important thing. As for the lives of one’s neighbours, if one wishes to be a prig or a Puritan, one can flaunt one’s moral views about them, but they are not one’s concern. Besides, individualism has really the higher aim. Modern morality consists in accepting the standard of one’s age. I consider that for any man of culture to accept the standard of his age is a form of the grossest immorality.”
“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful
There is no such thing as a good influence, Mr. Gray. All influence is immoral — immoral from the scientific point of view.”

“Why?”

“Because to influence a person is to give him one’s own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of some one else’s music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him. The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly — that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one’s self.

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