thread: 2006-08-31 : I think my expectations are screwed

On 2006-09-08, Mal wrote:

Strike nihilistic, I should have said that nobody here is as pessimistic as Arnold.  Suggesting love as the only source of comfort in the face of prevailing gloom might be redemptive, but the Sea of Faith is receding all the same.

Now nihilism, for real:

...I wonder if
Anyone looked at me, forty years back,
And thought, That'll be the life;
No God any more, or sweating in the dark;

About hell and that, or having to hide;
What you think of the priest. He
And his lot will all go down the long slide
Like free bloody birds. And immediately
Rather than words comes the thought of high windows:
The sun-comprehending glass,
And beyond it, the deep blue air, that shows
Nothing, and is nowhere, and is endless.

Philip Larkin

(Why am I doing this?  The discussion here doesn't need a side-order of poetry-criticism.  Please carry on.)


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