Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Chapter 59 - A Matter Of Character: Part 1 - Introduction

Korzybski: A Biography (Free Online Edition)
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On the Eastern Front in 1914 and 1915, Korzybski had more than once escaped death. Since then, although he had taken a rather matter-of-fact view of his own mortality, he had seized the gift of life that fortune had given him and had worked to make the most of it. By the beginning of 1946, he knew that the largest part of his life was over. He had little if anything to regret. He had produced his work. He believed that he had done what he set out to do. He had helped many people. He had gotten a measure of recognition from many of those whose opinions he cared about. He had taught others who would carry on his work as best they could. Mira had a roof over her head. Still, if he was ready to die at any time, he was not ready to quit. The last four years (and two months) of his life were not years of retirement. The accumulated fatigue of his endless work had combined with his war injuries to slow him down from his former, seemingly endless vigor. Yet he still felt reasonably healthy and creative. He was not walking into the sunset quietly even if he did need more support from his cane. 

You may download a pdf of all of the book's reference notes (including a note on primary source material and abbreviations used) from the link labeled Notes on the Contents page. The pdf of the Bibliography, linked on the Contents page contains full information on referenced books and articles. 

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