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beyond grasp

the eudæmonist uses the following quotation by thomas de quincey (author of confessions of an english opium eater) as preface to his blog's colophon: «i confess it as a besetting infirmity of mine that i am too much of an eudæmonist: i hanker too much after a state of hapiness, both for myself an others».

i identify with this phrase of the english author and intellectual from the first half of the nineteenth century (1765-1859)... except that presently peace of mind and happiness remain completely, absolutely beyond my grasp for they unequivocally rest as hostages in the clenched hands, heart and mind of another and others.