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We Enjoy Being the Slave (1)

How we hate to admit that we would like nothing better than to be the slave! Slave and master at the same time! For even in love the slave is always the master in disguise. The man who must conquer t...
Sexus

I Will Show you a Great Man (2)

Show me a man who over-elaborates and I will show you a great man! What is called their 'overelaboration' is my meat: it is the sign of struggle, it is struggle itself with all the fibers clinging to...
Tropic of Cancer

What Have We Achieved with Our Inventions? (3)

We clutter the earth with our inventions, never dreaming that possibly they are unnecessary or disadvantageous. We devise astounding means of communication, but do we communicate with one another? ...
The World of Sex

Man Looks for the Miracle (4)

The monstrous thing is not that men have created roses out of this dung heap, but that, for some reason or other, they should want roses. For some reason or other man looks for the miracle, and to ac...
Tropic of Cancer

The Unbearable Truth (5)

Confident that cast-iron walls separate our nature and situation from theirs, comfortable in the well-broken-in saddle of our high horse, we have exchanged our capacity to be tolerant for detachment ...
Status Anxiety

A Bad Man and a Good Man (6)

Who is a bad man and who is a good man? What is the definition? The bad man is one who is inconsiderate of others. The bad man is one who uses others and has no respect for others. The bad man is one...
The Buddha Said...: Meeting the Challenge of Life's Difficulties

Mas as a Weak, Selfish and Cowardly Creature (7)

He had also learned that the sick and unfortunate are far more receptive to traditional magic spells and exorcisms than to sensible advice; that people more readily accept affliction and outward pena...
The Glass Bead Game

Standing on One's Own Feet (8)

The realization that my problem was one that concerned all men, a problem of living and thinking, suddenly swept over me and I was overwhelmed by fear and respect as I suddenly saw and felt how deepl...
Demian

Between Nature and Spirit (9)

Man is not by any means of fixed and enduring form (this, in spite of suspicions to the contrary on the part of their wise men, was the ideal of the ancients). He is nothing else than the narrow and ...
Steppenwolf

The Dream of the Lost Paradise (10)

I have no idea whether parents can be of help, and I do not blame mine. It was my own affair to come to terms with myself and to find my own way, and like most well-brought-up children, I managed it ...
Demian
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