Ann Wroe: Good Self, Bad Self - The Struggle in Shelley
"Whence are we, and why are we? of what scene / The actors or spectators?" Shelley's search for the answers to these questions consumed his life. One theme was central: the struggle between his "bad self"---the craving body, the burden of possessions, sheer selfishness---and the "good self", his prophetic soul, which yearned to escape into universal sympathy, creativity, boundless life and brighter light. Only by stilling, or killing, the false self could Shelley, or any human being, arrive at the fullness of his powers. But how, while trapped in earth's illusions, could this be done?
This lecture is part of the 'Modelling the Self' public lecture series.
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