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“Prisons we choose to live inside” by Doris Lessing

A clear-sighted, well-argued plea for individuality of thought in an age of mass emotions and social conditioning. Doris Lessing has faith in the power of writers to stay detached from these mass emotions and “enable us to see ourselves as others see us.” I like the image she gives of writers as a collective organism, constantly evolving but always providing this same crucial function of detached examination of the human condition. There are some fascinating passages on the way mass emotions are constructed by governments and leaders, for example pointing… Read More