Persona January, 22nd 2017 by

Aristocracy of the sensitive, the considerate and the plucky


In my years of working, creating and studying as and when I could, I tried to apply certain standards to my own life, especially when battling to overcome the daily problems of life I had to face within my own world. I found this wonderful philosophical writing by  E.M. Forster, that was close to my inner being, so I felt it was time to share it with you, our readers. Dario Poli.

“I believe in aristocracy though, if that is the right word and if a democrat may use it. Not an aristocracy of power based upon rank and influence, but an aristocracy of the sensitive, the considerate and the plucky. Its members are to be found in all nations and classes and all through the ages and there is a secret understanding between them when they meet. They represent the true human condition, the one permanent victory of our queer race over cruelty and chaos.” From a 1941 essay by E.M. Forster.

Short biography of E.M. Forster.

Edward Morgan Forster OM CH,  better known by his pen name E. M. Forster, was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist who was born in 1 January 1879 died on the 7th June 1970. He was best known for his ironic and well-thought out novels that examined and exposed the class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society. Forster’s instinctive  impulse toward humanistic, sympathetic understanding, may be summed up in the epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End: “Only connect”.

His 1908 novel, A Room with a View, is his most optimistic work, while A Passage to India (1924) brought him his greatest success. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 16 different years

Movies: Maurice, A Room with a View, Howards End, A Passage to India, Where Angels Fear to Tread, A Diary for Timothy, Plug.
Short stories: The Machine Stops, The Other Side of the Hedge, The Other Boat, The Life to Come

My favourite quote of E.M.Forster is; “If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country”.

Dario Poli

Composer, artist, and a published author and illustrator. He is initiator of the campaign to present a better image Internationally, of Marbella and the Costa del Sol. Composer of the music "Marbella Marbella" used as the anthem of the campaign and also many other recorded compositions including Nostradamus, and Corazon, for The Children for Peace Onlus charity in Rome as well as the co-author of the powerful musical drama Lady X and The Power of Destiny. He is also the editor and a founder member of this website.

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