I never found them again - the things so quickly lost:
the poetic eyes, the pale
face… in the dusk of the street.
I never found them again - the things acquired quite by chance,
that I gave up so lightly;
and that later in agony I wanted.
The poetic eyes, the pale face,
those lips, I never found again.
…From the Balkans to Scandinavia, from the US to Israel, from central Africa to India, a new Dark Age is looming, with ethnic and religious passions exploding and Enlightenment values receding. These passions were lurking in the background all the time, but what is new is the outright shamelessness of their display.
So what are we to do? Mainstream liberals are telling us that when basic democratic values are under threat by ethnic or religious fundamentalists, we must all unite behind the liberal-democratic agenda of cultural tolerance, save what can be saved and put aside dreams of a more radical social transformation. Our task, we are told, is clear: we must choose between liberal freedom and fundamentalist oppression.
However(…) the conflict between liberal permissiveness and fundamentalism is ultimately a false conflict – a vicious cycle of the two poles generating and presupposing each other.
|—||Slavoj Žižek, The Guardian|
Any idiot can follow nature, but isn’t the truly great thing to say, ‘I love you so much that I break all the laws of nature for you’?
|—||Slavoj Žižek on homosexuality (via anthropologeist)|