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And Gerald, there is a lesson here
In reply to fad, Feb 7, 2014

in Orwell's essay.  He was a socialist and he hated the British upper classes with a red hot passion.

He could easily have merely slammed Kipling (and in some ways he does in the essay) for having the opposite sentiment.  (And I think that would be just like your reading, a misreading I think, of my health photo.)  But then no one would find him worth reading today.

So look at what he did.  He acknowledged everything about Kipling he hated (and Kipling was at the nadir of his unpopularity then.)  And then he set about to see why Kipling was continuing to attract readers, despite the fact that he was wrong on the great social issues of the time, despite the fact that his work was both sentimental, and brutal, in Orwell's opinion.

But then he showed his expertise and mastery (not least of himself and his allies.)   He burrowed down to find what was real and lasting about his opposite, almost his enemy.   He found they had a common meeting point in caring about reality, about responsibility, about the needs of those forgotten by the comfortable.   He found the point at which they both transcended politics by their art.

For an artist, politics is only a starting point.  It is never the ending point of their journey.   Note that Yeats also saw through his own politics as he got older.   Politics is a very profound thing, but it is only a starting point for the things that really matter, IMHO.  IMHO, you tried to put a political straitjacket on my photo, and its actual artistic intention never registered as a result, even though you saw it was contained in the photo.

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