a word, to the Antipodes, sometimes achieves a certain magnificence. Aldous Huxley, Essays: The Olive Tree The Tree of Life. Now, language is, among other things, a device which men use for suppressing and distorting the truth. How does his translation serve as support for his claim?
But a few years later the patchwork grotesques had turned into living organisms, into multiform hybrids like those beautiful monsters of the old mythologies, the mermaids, the man-headed bulls with wings, the centaurs, the Anubises, the seraphim impossibilities compounded of incompatibles, but compounded from within. What effect does Huxley create through repetition of the phrase "thermite, high explosives and vesicants"? Those who, for whatever motive, disguise the nature of the second alternative under inappropriate language, render the world a grave disservice. In a third group we find those essayists who do their work in the world of high abstractions, who never condescend to be personal and who hardly deign to take notice of the particular facts, from which their generalizations were originally drawn. Montaignes Third Book is the equivalent, very nearly, of a good slice of the Comdie Humaine. Explain how he uses deductive reasoning to reach this conclusion. The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual human beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own, to inflict upon the. For everything that is given, something is taken.
Aldous Huxley, Essays: Wordsworth in the Tropics. Things have their period; even excellences are subject to fashion.
Sometimes, it seems to me, I have succeeded fairly well in doing what, in one field or another, I had set out. We join no meaning and attach no form! Aldous Huxley, Essays: Appendix, aldous Huxley, Essays: Decentralization and Self-Government. By the time he had written his way into the Third Book, he had reached the limits of his newly discovered art. And finally there is best contemporary essayists the "force" used in war. It is psychologically all but impossible that justice should be secured by the methods of contemporary warfare.