Dalrymple: What Shakespeare Knew

“… four centuries before neurochemistry was even thought of, and before any of the touted advances in neurosciences that allegedly gave us a new and better understanding of ourselves, Shakespeare knew something that we are increasingly loath to acknowledge. There is no technical fix for the problems of humanity. Those problems, he knew, are ineradicably rooted in our nature; and he atomized that nature with a characteristic genius never since equalled: which is why every time we moderns consult his works, we come away with a deeper insight into the heart of our own mystery.”

– Theodore Dalrymple, Our Culture, What’s Left of It

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