By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies- all these are private and except through symbols and at second hand incommunicable.
Degrade him from what position? As a happy, hard-working, goods-consuming citizen he's perfect. Of course, if you choose some other standard than ours, then perhaps you might say he was degraded. But you've got to stick to one set of postulates. You can't play Electro-magnetic Golf according to rules of Centrifugal Bumble-puppy.
Round pegs in square holes tend to have dangerous thoughts about the social system and tend to infect others with their discontents.
What the rest of us see only under the influence of mescalin, the artist is congenitally equipped to see all the time.
That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep.
Silence, silence.' All the air of the fourteenth floor was sibilant with the categorical imperative.