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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Reliving Hermann's Bead Games






"He had also learned that the sick and unfortunate are far more receptive to traditional magic spells and exorcisms than to sensible advice; that people more readily accept affliction and outward penances than the task of changing themselves, or even examining themselves; that they believe more easily in magic than reason, in formulas than experience.  These are matters which in several thousand years since this era have probably not changed as much as many history books claim.  But he had also learned that a seeking, thoughtful man dare not forfeit love; that he must meet the wishes and follies of men halfway, not showing arrogance but also not truckling to them; that it is always only a single step from sage to charlatan, from priest to mountebank, from helpful brother to parasitic drone, and that people would far prefer to pay a swindler and be exploited by a quack than accept help given freely and unselfishly.  They would rather pay in money and goods than in trust and love.  They cheat one another and expect to be cheated themselves..."

Herman Hesse - Magister Ludi



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