W.N.P. Barbellion (1989-1919) was het pseudoniem van Bruce Frederick Cummings, een Britse natuurvorser. Hij overleed aan multiple sclerose. Zijn dagboeken worden nog steeds gelezen.
'Why, asks Samuel Butler, 'should not chicken be
born and clergymen be laid and hatched? Or why, at
any rate, should not the clergyman be born full grown
and in Holy Orders not to say already beneficed ? The
present arrangement is not convenient ... it is not only
not perfect but so much the reverse that we could hardly find
words to express our sense of its awkwardness if we could
look upon it with new eyes. ..."
As soon as we are born, if we could but get up, bath,
dress, shave, breakfast once for all, if we could 'cut'
these monotonous cycles of routine. If once the sun rose
it would stay up, or once we were alive we were immortal!
— how much forrarder we should all get — always at the
heart of things, working without let or hindrance in a
straight line for the millennium! Now we waltz along
instead. Even planets die off and new ones come in their
place. How infinitely wearisome it seems. When an old
man dies what a waste, and when a baby is born what a
redundancy of labour in front!
Two People I hate in particular
The man walking along the pavement in front of me
giving me no room to pass under the satisfactory impression that he is the only being on the pavement or in the
street, city, country, world, universe: and it all belongs
to him even the moon and sun and stars.
The woman on the bus the other night — pouring out an
interminable flow of poisonous chatter into the ear of her
man — poor, exhausted devil who kept answering dreamily
'Oom' and 'Yes' and 'Oom' — how I hated her for his