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By Fernando Pessoa

This number of the paintings of Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935) is a vital creation to the paintings of 1 of the main unique eu poets of the 20th century. It contains translations of a large choice of his poems and his amazing prose, in addition to a few of his unique English writings. a big introductory essay by way of Octavio Paz, a serious anthology, posthumous "interviews," and archived illustrations also are integrated, revealing the realm of Pessoa in all its richness.

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As for the enlightened folk, they are, in this regard as in every other, wallowing in uncertainty and turmoil. The contradiction inevitably spawned by the principle of morality is one that they do not wittingly perceive, on account of the confusion of their ideas . They dare not dismiss apostates as immoral , because they themselves Rirt with apostasy, with the desertion orone religion for another, nor are they willing to turn away trom the moralizing viewpoint, They could truly seize upon an opportunity to shrug free of it!

Remaining in their company is every whit as egotistical as isolating myself from them. When it comes to competition, to be sure, everyone is on his own. But should competition some day disappear, because concerted effort will have been acknowledged as more beneficial than isolation, then will not every single indi­ vidual inside the associations be equally egoistic and out for his own interests? The counter to that is that it will, though, not be at his neighbor's expense now, MAX STI R N E R 31 but rather for the good reason that the neighbor will no longer be so foolish as to let anybody else be a parasite upon him.

W hat matters the Party to me? I will always find enough folk who will enter into association with me without having to take a pledge to my flag. " Only i ndividuality acknowledges no inj u nction to "fidelity" and "comm itment": it permits everything, including apostasy and desertion . Unwittingly, the moralists let themselves be guided by that principle when they have to sit in judgment of a deserter defecting to their own Party: they certainly are not embarrassed by proselytization . They ought simply to take cognizance of the fact that one ought to behave immorally if one wishes to behave as an individual; in other words, one should abj u re one's belief and even break one's pledge in order to make one's own decisions, instead ofbeing g uided by considerations of a moral nature.

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