Thursday, 17 April 2008


It is one of the most persistent and widely-believed errors of human life that violence simplifies situations. In fact, of course,the reverse is almost always the case: violence complexifies, sometimes monstrously. But we cling to the former belief, the lie of the Gordian knot, because we crave simplicity and we find the prospect of violence exciting and libidinous. It takes courage to see things truly.

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