THE REVOLUTION OF EVERYDAY LIFE - VANEIGEM
Dedication - Page 2
"Man walketh in a vain shew,
he shews to be a man, and that's all."
To Ella, Maldoror and those who helped this
adventure upon its way. "I LIVE ON THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE
AND I DON"T NEED TO FEEL SECURE."
We seem to live in the State of variety,
wherein we are not truly living but only in appearance: in Unity
is our life: in one we are, from one divided, we are no longer.
While we perambulate variety, we
walk but as so many Ghosts or Shadows in it, that it self being
but the Umbrage of the Unity.
The world travels perpetually, and
every one is swoln full big with particularity of interest; thus
travelling together in pain, and groaning under enmity: labouring
to bring forth some one thing, some another, and all bring forth
nothing but wind and confusion.
Consider, is there not in the best
of you a body of death? Is not the root of rebellion planted in
your natures? Is there not also a time for this wicked one to
You little think, and less know,
how soon the cup of fury may be put into your hands: my self,
with many others, have been made stark drunk with that wine of
wrath, the dregs whereof (for ought I know) may fall to your share
From: "Heights in Depths and Depths
in Heights (or TRVTH no less secretly than sweetly sparkling out
its Glory from under a cloud of Obloquie)" by the Ranter
Jo. Salmon (1651).
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