Thomas Mann Has Hans Castorp Say…

“Morality? It interests you, does it? All right — it seems to us that one ought not to search for morality in virtue, which is to say in reason, in discipline, in good behavior, in respectability — but in just the opposite, I would say: in sin, in abandoning oneself to danger, to whatever can harm us, destroy us. It seems to us that it is more moral to lose oneself and let oneself be ruined than to save oneself. The great moralists have never been especially virtuous, but rather adventurers in evil, in vice, great sinners who teach us as Christians how to stoop to misery…”

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