" 'Terrifying powers work within us, or are carrying out their work through us,'
Auden wrote [in 1940] and these powers could never be fully eradicated - not through art, education, economics, politics, or any other means.
This did not mean [that] one should stand by and allow those who chose to act on their evil impulses to continue. It did mean, however, that another approach must be taken in fighting them.
No one could operate from the assumption that he was immune to infection or was not causing a form of the disease itself.
The flip side to this belief was that a higher consiciousness - the truest and best of human thinbking - was equally potentially present in every human soul. Auden hoped to increase his own and others' awareness of the "Hitler" in all of us as well as the devine."
Find out more about February House, Ms. Tippen's group biography [as it were] of W. H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Jane And Paul Bowles, Benjamin Britten, And Gypsy Rose Lee, Under One Roof In Wartime America |