It is paradoxical, yet true, to say, that the more we know, the more ignorant we become in the absolute sense, for it is only through enlightenment that we become conscious of our limitations. Precisely one of the most gratifying results of intellectual evolution is the continuous opening up of new and greater prospects.
What’s Bagism? It’s like… a tag for what we all do, we’re all in a bag ya know, and we realised that we came from two bags, I was in this pop bag going round and round in my little clique, and she was in her little avant-garde clique going round and round, and you’re in your little tele clique and they’re in their…ya know? and we all sort of come out and look at each other every now and then, but we don’t communicate. And we all intellectualise about how there is no barrier between art, music, poetry… but we’re still all “I’m a rock and roller, he’s a poet” … so we just came up with the word so you would ask us what bagism is, and we’d say “WE’RE ALL IN A BAG BABY!”
What we call National-Socialism is the poisonous perversion of ideas which have a long history in German intellectual life.
We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
The role of the intellectual cannot be to excuse the violence of one side and condemn that of the other.
The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time.
The intellect, like all cultural values, has created an aristocracy based on the possession of rational culture and independent of all personal ethical qualities of man. The aristocracy of intellect is hence an unbrotherly aristocracy.
Men of moral and intellectual distinction could scarcely agree to teach in schools where an alien attitude was forced upon them.