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The Decline of the West quantity II: views of World-History
By Oswald Spengler

Contents

I-Origin and Language--The Cosmic and the Microcosm
II-Origin and Language--The crew of the better Cultures
III-Origin and Language--The relatives among the Cultures
IV-Cities and Peoples--The Soul of town
V-Cities and Peoples--Peoples, Races, Tongues
VI-Cities and Peoples--Primitives, Culture-Peoples, Fellaheen
VII-Problems of the Arabian Culture--Historic Pseudomorphoses
VIII-Problems of the Arabian Culture--The Magian Soul
IX-Problems of the Arabian Culture--Pythagoras, Mohammed, Cromwell
X-The State--The challenge of the Estates: the Aristocracy and Priesthood
XI-The State--State and historical past
XII-The State--Philosophy of Politics
XIII-The Form-world of financial Life--Money
XIV-The Form-world of financial Life--The laptop

Excerpt from bankruptcy I

Regard the plants at eventide as, one by one, they shut within the surroundings sunlight. unusual is the sensation that then presses in upon you--a feeling of enigmatic worry within the presence of this blind dreamlike earth-bound lifestyles. The dumb woodland, the silent meadows, this bush, that twig, don't stir themselves, it's the wind that performs with them. merely the little gnat is free--he dances nonetheless within the night mild, he strikes whither he'll.

A plant is not anything by itself account. It varieties part of the panorama within which an opportunity made it take root. The twilight, the nippiness, the ultimate of each flower--these aren't reason and impact, no longer chance and willed resolution to risk. they seem to be a unmarried strategy of nature, that's achieving itself close to, with, and within the plant. the person isn't loose to seem out for itself, will for itself, or select for itself.

An animal, to the contrary, can select. it truly is emancipated from the servitude of the entire remainder of the realm. This midget swarm that dances on and on, that solitary fowl nonetheless flying in the course of the night, the fox impending furtively the nest--these are little worlds in their personal inside one other nice international. An animalcule in a drop of water, too tiny to be perceived by means of the human eye, even though it lasts yet a moment and has yet a nook of this drop as its field--nevertheless is loose and autonomous within the face of the universe. the enormous oak, upon one among whose leaves the droplet hangs, isn't.

Servitude and freedom--this is in final and private research the differentia in which we distinguish vegetable and animal life. but merely the plant is completely and fully what ti is; within the being of the animal there's something twin. A vegetable is just a vegetable; an animal is a vegetable and anything extra in addition to. A herd that huddles jointly trembling...

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