Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book

Percy, Walker

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1983

p. 57

Why is it, Percy wants to know, ‘that the self—though it professes to be loving, caring, to prefer peace to war, concord to discord, life to death; to wish other selves well, not ill—in fact secretly relishes wars and rumors of war, news of plane crashes, assassinations, mass murders, obituaries, to say nothing of local news about acquaintances dropping dead in the streets, gossip about neighbors getting in fights or being detected in sexual scandals, embezzlements and other disgraces?”