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mcclay resized Men are free when they belong to a living, organic, believing community, active in fulfilling some unfulfilled, perhaps unrealized purpose. Not when they are escaping to some wild west. The most unfree souls go west, and shout of freedom… The shout is a rattling of chains… Liberty in America has meant so far the breaking away from all dominion. The true liberty will only begin when Americans discover…  the deepest whole self of man. —D. H. Lawrence, quoted in Wilfred M. McClay’s, The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America 

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  1. I did my master’s thesis on Lawrence. He wrote that before he experienced America. He wrote that in Studies of American Literature. What’s interesting is that shortly after that was published, he went off to New Mexico and wound up loving the freedom he experienced living up near Taos. He lived there for about two or three years. I think he went on to say that his New Mexico experience was his fondest. (I’m paraphrasing.) So I don’t know if he would have stood by that statement later on.

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