Saturday, June 23, 2012

Spengler on the Mystery of History

Goethe's Faust


"A boundless mass of human being, flowing in a stream without banks; up-stream, a dark past wherein our time-sense loses all powers of definition and restless or uneasy fancy conjures up geological periods to hide away an eternally-unsolvable riddle; down-stream, a future even so dark and timeless-such is the groundwork of the Faustian picture of human history."
-Oswald Spengler, "Decline of the West", 105

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