Contradictions

“All colors and blends of Americans
have somewhat the same tendencies…
And so we’re overbrave and overfearful –
we’re kind and cruel as children.
We’re over-friendly and at the same time
frightened of strangers.
We boast and are impressed.
We’re over sentimental and realistic.
We are mundane and materialistic” 

East of Eden
-John Steinbeck, 1952

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