Coming across Wilde
I've been reading and reading sites and papers as research for an upcoming article. My eyes have dried and I feel like I need to take a nap and it's only 10AM. But then I came across this on the idea of Self-Ownership:
The anarchist Oscar Wilde said that "For the recognition of private property has really harmed Individualism, and obscured it, by confusing a man with what he possesses. It has led Individualism entirely astray. It has made gain not growth its aim. So that man thought that the important thing was to have, and did not know that the important thing is to be. The true perfection of man lies, not in what man has, but in what man is...With the abolition of private property, then, we shall have true, beautiful, healthy Individualism. Nobody will waste his life in accumulating things, and the symbols for things. One will live. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."
And I feel alive again. On with the reading...
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