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Although the war aroused a number of people to mystical seeking, it was unfavourable to mystical practice. It broke into the privacy of the individual's life, introduced the communal pattern of living, and in many cases destroyed one's chance for a long period of getting any solitude at all, and--even much more--of that precious creative silence which is indispensable for the mystical life.

-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 3: Their Presence in The World > # 218

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