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The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willingly avoids the sight of distress. Options
Daemon
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The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willingly avoids the sight of distress.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
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Not cruelty or willing malice as you have probably suggested. It's information overload, lad.
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I read this title quickly without my glasses on - ' rectal misfortune ', I thought ? Not WSM's usual subject matter at all.

Sanity is not statistical
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I recon it must have something to do with the World Wars era for sure to be making such a pesimistic statement. I do still sympathise with him though.

De omnibus dubitandum est.
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Maugham praises stoicism in The Moon and Sixpence:

What followed showed that Mrs. Strickland was a woman of character. Whatever anguish she suffered she concealed. She saw shrewdly that the world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willingly avoids the sight of distress. Whenever she went out -- and compassion for her misadventure made her friends eager to entertain her -- she bore a demeanour that was perfect. She was brave, but not too obviously; cheerful, but not brazenly; and she seemed more anxious to listen to the troubles of others than to discuss her own.

(http://www.classicreader.com/book/1786/16/)

Christine
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Tell that to the news!

I am carrying my heart~I am carrying my rhythm~I am carrying my prayers~But you can't kill my spirit~It's soaring and strong (Paula Cole's Me Lyrics)***We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We ARE spirtual beings having a human experience.(T.deChardin)***There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. (Albert Einstein)



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MTC wrote:
... she concealed. She saw shrewdly that the world is ...


Knowledge of this world and his mechanics gives not a stoicism, but rather lever for it's (world) handling.
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Avoiding the sight of distress is a self-defence mechanism for the individual. Authorities don´t have that excuse.
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Daemon wrote:
The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willingly avoids the sight of distress.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)


Throughout reading the book we are left to our own devices to explore the characters of Charles Strickland and his abandoned wife. Not until the very last chapter
are we able to see how Mrs. Strickland turned a bad turn done to her into success simply because she understood the essence of the truth in the subject quote.

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