“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

Sartre on Fur.

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My mind’s a bit cloudy at the moment for anything other than short posts, but I thought Ben use of Sarte at Z-Word makes a very astute observation on the nature of antisemitism:

Antisemitism is unlike most other forms of emotionally-grounded hatred, which are normally provoked by a certain experience. You may hate your landlord for raising the rent, or your cellphone company for providing lousy service, or a particular airline for giving you a middle seat when you were promised the aisle. But antisemitism functions differently. “It precedes the facts that are supposed to call it forth; it seeks them out to nourish itself upon them; it must even interpret them in a special way so that they may become truly offensive,” writes Sartre.”

Couldn’t have said it better and one day I promise I’ll read Sartre, proper.

Written by modernityblog

09/10/2008 at 01:11

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  1. Very true.

    BTW, when your mind unclouds, you need to fix yer “Satre”s.


    09/10/2008 at 12:09

  2. thanks 🙂


    09/10/2008 at 12:20

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