Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Great Twitch

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

“For I have a story. It is the story of a man who lived in the world and to him the world looked one way for a long time and then it looked another and very different way. The change did not happen all at once. Many things happened, and that man did not know when he had any responsibility for them and when he did not. There was, in fact, a time when he came to believe that nobody had any responsibility for anything and there was no god but the Great Twitch.

At first that thought was horrible to him when it was forced on him by what seemed the accident of circumstance, for it seemed to rob him of a memory by which, unconsciously, he had lived; but then it gave him a sort of satisfaction, because it meant that he could not be called guilty, not even of having squandered happiness…”

- Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men, 1946

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