Within white insensibility
, black embodiment is a liability that marks the breakdown of a "universal" framework in which white and black men understand one another.
(3.33.260-61) Walter's mixed characterization effectively underscores his insensibility
, so strikingly contrasted with Toby' s sentiment, without ever allowing the presentation of Walter to harden into outright condemnation.
(For example, courage is the mean between cowardice and rashness; temperance is the mean between "insensibility
" and self-indulgence.)
Only the most simplistically committed typologist would find Caesar a Christ and the morally conflicted Brutus a Judas, but only a reader dulled into insensibility
would fail to find another layer of sacrifice, the alleged necessity of which and deflected responsibility for which richly qualify any appreciation of the 'sacrifice' of Caesar as a parallel to the sacrifice of Christ.
By the time the critic is acknowledging his discomfort at `entertaining' so blank a thought, insensibility
's recognizable rigor mortis has already set in.
His poetic evocations of the gradual rise of animate life from insensibility
to complex ideation, volition, and aesthetic pleasure were "pseudo-scientific" hymns (addressed as "pop science" to a general audience) to the sensory joys of earthly life that would ensue when priestcraft was defeated.
In these conditions, critical thought becomes even more necessary; in Adorno's words, "true revolutionary practice depends on the intransigence of theory in the face of the insensibility
with which society allows thought to ossify" (41).
Both Stall and Sand's protagonists bid their companions farewell with apparent resolve, but while the housebound Corinne stretches her hand out to a wavering Oswald whose compatriots wait for him in a boat (Stall 445), Sand's nameless voyager actually accompanies his friend in the stereotypical, coffin-like gondola (Luciani 114, 116), deposes him on firm ground and resists both emotional pain and the tumult of the elements by reverting to a state of insensibility
: "le vent ne ballottait plus sur les lagunes agitees qu'un corps malade et stupide" (Sand, Lettres d'un voyageur 670).
We are encased in a sphere of insensibility
. But we shouldn't stay neutral.
There is the same insensibility
to external impressions, the same unconsciousness of everything that is passing around; the action of the heart and respiration go on in both instances, but the individual is shut out from the world, sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste being abolished for the time" .
In a related manner, Owen's "Insensibility
" laments the curse of being too receptive to wartime experience - for it results in painful awareness - by cataloguing numerous ways young men shut themselves off from the fighting.
Their glorious insensibility
to legislation, municipal or otherwise, can be added to the list.