looked inward on our neuroses

January 2, 2017


Speaking of the happy new year, I wonder if any year ever had less chance of being happy. It’s as though the whole race were indulging in a kind of species introversion – as though we looked inward on our neuroses. And the thing we see isn’t very pretty…So we go into this happy new year, knowing that our species has learned nothing, can, as a race, learn nothing – that the experience of ten thousand years has made no impression on the instincts of the million years that preceded.

John Steinbeck
Letter to his friend Pascal Covici, January 1, 1941
Steinbeck: a life in letters

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