The Labyrinth of Solitude

The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz

This book was recommended to me by a friend that leads an orphanage in Mexico. He recommended it as a resource for learning about Hispanic culture, specifically Mexican culture. The book was an interesting read and raises thought provoking for all cultures.
  • pg. 57 - "Everything in the modern world functions as if death did not exist," or if death is not ignored then it is treated with indifference.
  • pg. 73 - History and understanding certain traits of our character
  • pg. 81 - The macho and power (notes on sex and sexuality)
  • pg. 87 - Breaking with the past and renouncing origins is to live in isolation and solitude
  • pg. 94 - The Aztecs and Imperial fatigue
  • pg. 108 - Christian idea of saving the soul disconnected from the group and the body
  • pg. 172 - The labyrinth for all mankind
  • pg. 175 - Revolution and community
  • pg. 203 - Adolescence is extreme self-consciousness, transcended only by self forgetfulness, or self surrender.
We are born in solitude and die in solitude, the labyrinth is how we negotiate the time in between and how we prepare for the great community that we are all moving towards.


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