1/ Here, in man & in woman, the two kinds of History are fighting for power. Woman is strong & wholly what she is, & she experiences the Man and the Sons only in relation to herself & her ordained role. In the masculine being, on the contrary, there is a certain contradiction;
2/ he is this man, and he is something else besides, which woman neither understands nor admits, which she feels as robbery and violence upon that which to her is holiest. This secret and fundamental war of the sexes has gone on ever since there were sexes, and will continue
3/ —silent, bitter, unforgiving, pitiless—while they continue. In it, too, there are policies, battles, alliances, treaties, treasons. Race feeling of love and hate, which originate in depths of world yearning and primary instincts of directedness, prevail between the sexes
4/ —and with a still more uncanny potency than in the other History that takes place between man and man. There are love lyrics and war lyrics, love dances and weapon dances, there are two kinds of tragedy—Othello and Macbeth.
5/ But nothing in the political world even begins to compare with the abysses of a Clytemnestra’s or a Kriemhild’s vengeance. #Spengler

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