“However much we are affected by the things of the world, however deeply they may stir and stimulate…”

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“However much we are affected by the things of the world, however deeply they may stir and stimulate us, they become human for us only when we can discuss them with our fellows. Whatever cannot become the object of discourse ─ the truly sublime, the truly horrible or the uncanny ─ may find human voice through which to sound into the world, but it is not exactly human. We humanize what is going on in the world and in ourselves only by speaking of it, and in the course of speaking of it we learn to be human.”

Hannah Arendt, Men in Dark Times

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