The Soul of Man


Read by Martin Geeson

(4.2 stars; 36 reviews)

“(T)he past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.”

Published originally as “The Soul of Man Under Socialism,” this is not so much a work of sober political analysis; rather it can be summed up as a rhapsodic manifesto on behalf of the Individual. Socialism having deployed technology to liberate the whole of humanity from soul-destroying labour, the State obligingly withers away to allow the free development of a joyful, anarchic hedonism...

“Is this Utopian? A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.”

Far from abandoning the epigram in favour of the slogan, Wilde wittily assails several of his favourite targets: the misguided purveyors of philanthropy; life-denying ascetics of various kinds; the army of the half-educated who constitute themselves the enemies of Art - and those venal popular journalists who cater to them...

“Behind the barricade there may be much that is noble and heroic. But what is there behind the leading-article but prejudice, stupidity, cant, and twaddle?” (Introduction by Martin Geeson)

(2 hr 2 min)

Chapters

Section 1 20:54 Read by Martin Geeson
Section 2 19:21 Read by Martin Geeson
Section 3 12:39 Read by Martin Geeson
Section 4 23:17 Read by Martin Geeson
Section 5 21:36 Read by Martin Geeson
Section 6 25:02 Read by Martin Geeson

Reviews

(1 stars)

I find it amazing that the argument used to make the point is exactly the opposite of reality. It has been proven that wherever this has been tried it has failed. People who are not compelled to do their share will do as little as possible and therefor those who do their share end up doing the other persons share as well. After a time they seeing that they are doing a majority of the work, they quit. When nobody is willing any longer, all perish together. Utopia?

good

(5 stars)

ק שכזה קחרח אתח ק

(3 stars)

OMG! He should have stayed with fiction. I knew I would disagree with him from the beginning. I just can't believe how most of his arguments lack proof or logic. The use of the WORD to condone this belief, is twisted and looses it's relation to the verse. Time has shown that Socialism not individualism. Utopia is failing. I pray it does.

(5 stars)

A wonderful text about a wonderful future utopia!