However I have decided that what I will do is write an updated commentary, though I still believe the comments that I made originally still hold The evolution of Humanity played out on stage 27 March When I picked this book up again I noticed that I have already read and commented on it, and I suspect that the comment that I wrote was back when I simply commented on books that I had already read not realising that there were a number of books that I wanted to read again including this one. However I have decided that what I will do is write an updated commentary, though I still believe the comments that I made originally still hold true. Further I will make some specific comments on each of the five parts. Shaw calls this play a metabiological pentatuch, and the Biblical allusion is quite striking and intentional. In the introduction Shaw indicates that when he first wrote about his theory of human evolution in Man and Superman the whole premise of the play was misinterpreted. As we will gather from this play Shaw believes that the violent nature of humanity is actually degenerative and in the end they will wipe themselves out leaving only the peaceful and wise intellectuals.
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Adam: That is too short a word for so long a thing. Back to Methuselah Part 1, Act 1 Imagination is the beginning of creation.
You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. Back to Methuselah Part 1, Act 1 Life must not cease. That comes before everything. It is silly to say you do not care. You do care. It is that care that will prompt your imagination; inflame your desires; make your will irresistible; and create out of nothing.
Back to Methuselah Life is too short for men to take it seriously. Back to Methuselah I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes illness worth while. Back to Methuselah There are no secrets except the secrets that keep themselves.
Back to Methuselah Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough. Back to Methuselah Silence the most perfect expression of scorn. Back to Methuselah Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
Back to Methuselah Part 5 Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful. Back to Methuselah Part 5 Art is the magic mirror you make to reflect your invisible dreams in visible pictures. You use a glass mirror to see your face: you use works of art to see your soul. Back to Methuselah When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth. Back to Methuselah Part 5 Love is a simple thing and a deep thing: it is an act of life and not an illusion.
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Adam: That is too short a word for so long a thing. Back to Methuselah Part 1, Act 1 Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. Back to Methuselah Part 1, Act 1 Life must not cease. That comes before everything. It is silly to say you do not care. You do care.
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Suppose you were to trip and fall, would you go like that? Promise me you will be careful. What is the good of being careful? We have to live here for ever. Think of what for ever means! Sooner or later I shall trip and fall. It may be tomorrow; it may be after as many days as there are leaves in the garden and grains of sand by the river.
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Preface[ edit ] In the preface, Shaw speaks of the pervasive discouragement and poverty in Europe after World War I, and relates these issues to inept government. Shaw was in his mids when the plays were written. Although both ideas are out of scientific favour as the twenty-first century begins, Shaw accepted them completely See Commentary, below. Shaw also advocates what he calls homeopathy as a pedagogical method, arguing that society "can only be lamed and enslaved by" education. In the Beginning: B.