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Martin Seligman on Yeats and Julian

Wednesday, June 09, 2021 10:11 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

"I believe the world's in labour now and that we're giving birth to something new. And there are two views of what we're giving birth to.

"And one was Yeat's of a hundred years ago in which he asked, "And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?" The pessimistic view.

"But very importantly, what I think it comes to the fore now is optimism and its importance. And there's no one better than, Julian of Norwich in 1365 in the middle of a black plague. Here's what she said. "He said, Thou shalt not be tempested, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be distressed; but He said: Thou shalt not be overcome." And "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well."

"The black plague led directly to the Renaissance."


"All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well"


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