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The Secret of the Deformed American Character However, this amazement vanishes when one remembers that mixture of the early American pilgrims and their surrounding conditions. They tackled nature with the weapons of science and the strength of the muscle, so nothing existed within them besides the crude power of the mind and the overwhelming lust for the sensual pleasure. No windows to the world of the spirit or the heart or tender sentiment were opened to the Americans as they were opened to the first humans.
Elevated, brilliant films like “Gone with the Wind,” “Wuthering Heights,” “Singing Bernadette,” and so on, are exceptional in relation to the rest of American production, and what is seen of American films in Egypt or the Arab countries does not illustrate this proportion, because most of them are from the finest, rarest movies of America. Those who visit the theater in America understand this small proportion of quality films. com - licensed to The Royal Library - PalgraveConnect - 2011-05-25 Artistic Primitiveness in America 03 abdel-malek 1-2 pbk:03 abdel-malek 1-2 2/23/11 12:52 PM “ The America I Have Seen” Page 25 25 There is another art in which the Americans have distinguished themselves, for it is more a matter of skill in production than of authentic, elevated art: it is the art of representing natural scenery with colors, as if it were an accurate, true photograph.
The Field of American Innovation It appears that all American ingenuity is concentrated in the field of work and production, so much so that no ability remains to advance in the field of human values. America’s productivity is unmatched by any other nation. It has miraculously elevated life to levels that cannot be believed. But man cannot maintain his balance before the machine and risks becoming a machine himself. He is unable to shoulder the burden of exhausting work and forge ahead on the path of humanity, he unleashes the animal within.
America in an Arab Mirror by K. Abdel-Malek, et. al.