Wednesday, February 07, 2007

America #13

Always the same. The deliberate consciousness of Americans so fair and smooth-spoken, and the under consciousness so devilish. Destroy! destroy! destroy! hums the under-consciousness. Love and produce! Love and produce! Love and produce! cackles the upper consciousness. And the world hears only the Love-and-produce cackle. Refuses to hear the hum of destruction underneath. Until such time as it will have to hear. The American has got to destroy. It is his destiny.

D.H. Lawrence, Studies in Classic American Literature (1923)