“A Twentieth Century Testimony”

When I look back at my life nowadays, which I sometimes do, what strikes me most forcibly about it is that what seemed at the time most significant and seductive, seems now most futile and absurd. For instance, success in all of its various guises; being known and being praised; ostensible pleasures, like acquiring money or seducing women, or traveling, going to and fro in the world and up and down in it like Satan, explaining and experiencing whatever Vanity Fair has to offer.

In retrospect, all these exercises in self-gratification seem pure fantasy, what Pascal called, “licking the earth.”

-Malcolm Muggeridge


About A. S. Ellis

I am always learning. Always. And that is as it should be.
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2 Responses to “A Twentieth Century Testimony”

  1. Theresa says:

    “…as a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.”

    Proverbs 26:11

    The idea of “licking the earth” brought this to mind.

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