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"The artist has no longer any belief or suspicion that the mass, the half-educated simpering general... can in any way share his delights...The aristocracy of the arts is ready again for its service. Modern civilisation has bred a race with brains like those of rabbits, and... we artists who have been so long despised are about to take over controls" Ezra Pound

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William James “finds the origin of belief in an ‘unseen’ world in the experience of ‘religious geniuses’ who experience firsthand the realities of which religion speaks, and carefully distinguishes this primal experience from what he calls ‘secondhand’ religion, the beliefs that people acquire through tradition….” The Varieties of Religious Experience