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Nothing is new. We but become more conscious of what exists. The art of every age is the clearer phrasing of its increased awareness of truth. Socrates pursued the evidence for an absolute of conscience as far as the reaching knowledge of his time. Plato incorporated the ideas to form and to contemplate the Republic. Aristotle found a center for man amidst the opposites and disclosed it as a Golden Mean--a moderation of all behavior, understanding without excess. The Greek Doctrines lasted a full nine hundred years and were renewed for centuries after that in such forms as the Florentine.

In this case there's no harm in it, we think. But, if we think again, we see that Mitty is Everyman and his timeless birthright is become a daydream in these days. Mitty is ourselves, imagining what great Selves we might have been. He is the clerk who, but for certain disadvantages that were no fault of his, would have been President; the accountant who could have owned the Building, but for the broken leg, the indigent mother, the asthma. His ego is our ego--so we view Walter Mitty as sympathetic and not sinister, as comic, not cruel.

He is the court and the interpreter. They are his shining armor. ) They are his weapons, too--the weapons of his righteousness. Equipped with them, he presents himself to the hard fare of his daily round. And, that he may seem estimable to his own eyes--in small, exact duplicate of the general pattern--he murders the reputation of his neighbor, starves his colleagues in his nearby slum, runs from the helpless, cheats and steals, sets up slaveries by his persecution and his bigotry, sacrifices his family through neglect to the wolves of their own vanities and avarices, pushes his daughters at the rich and the powerful that he may pimp in wealth and power, and holds around himself an iron curtain so that his conscience will remain inaudible, his instinct will not speak, and the archetype which he thrusts into unconsciousness by each miserable step will not stand suddenly before him for what it is--death, panic, murder, harlotry, epidemic, cowardice, treachery, disloyalty, the hideous retinue.

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