George Orwell in the Spanish Civil War

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George Orwell in the Spanish Civil War

Postby Summerlander » 25 Jun 2014 19:00

One of the books I'm reading at the moment is "Homage to Catalonia" where George Orwell describes his days fighting alongside Trotskyists during the Spanish Civil war. You can't help but admire the socialism that was prevalent in their unit. (There were no superiors amongst sergeants and recruits.) But the conditions they had to endure were extremely unpleasant: at three thousand feet above sea level the air was often misty, freezing, and sometimes turbulent. They practically had no artillery (I begin to understand why General Franco and his army of Fascists won), and often floundered in the dark.

Also, men had the terrible habit of defecating in the trenches (safer and more comfortable) so imagine the mission of avoiding shit! Then there were the rats and mice that were unusually found together and stealing their food. Yes, hard times. But Orwell makes a good point when he says that people fuss too much about dirt and become surprisingly tolerant and used to it in times of war. Finally, Orwell explains how to make the perfect cup of tea:
"Empty cognizance of one taste, suffused with knowing, is your unmistaken nature, the uncontrived original state. when not altering what is, allow it to be as it is, and the awakened state is right now spontaneously present."

- Padmasambhava

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