John Gunther tells us of the very early communists in Russia. Many of them had been in prison under the Czarist regime and bore on their bodies the physical marks of what they had suffered; and he tells us that, so far from being ashamed of the marks which disfigured them, they were their greatest pride. We may be convinced that they were misguided and misguiding, but we can not doubt the genuineness of their allegiance to the communist cause.…
“Woe unto you, ye souls depraved!”
Hope nevermore to look upon the heavens;
I come to lead you to the other shore,
To the eternal shades in heat and frost.
All those souls who weary were and naked
Their colour changed and gnashed their teeth together,
As soon as they had heard those cruel words.
God they blasphemed and their progenitors,
The human race, the place, the time, the seed
Of their engendering and of their birth!
Thereafter all together…
“Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about...” (Psalms 39)
Lowery hints at his well of inspiration and his shared greatest weight by placing Nietzsche upon the bookshelf in big bold print before C knocks them all to the floor. Much of this movie can be understood through Neitzsche’s pen.
The philosophic question posed from Neitzsche’s cosmological piece Thus Says Zarathustra is “time itself is…