Otto Rank, the Austrian psychoanalyst, confidant of Freud and a tremendously insightful writer in his own right, explained himself thusly in a letter in February of 1933: "For the time being I gave up writing -- there is already too much truth in the world -- an overproduction which apparently cannot be consumed!" It seems curious, of course, that one of the wisest people among us would be the one to think he ought to say less. But, in any event, perhaps there's a lesson here for our times.
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