Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Man of Genius
In The Man Without Qualities, Musil says: 'the man of genius is duty-bound to attack'. Dangerous, that thought: tempting to run it backwards, and confuse a general mood of hostile belligerance with 'genius'. Might we not, rather say, 'the man of genius may be duty-bound to attack; but more to the point, the man of genius knows how to resist being bound by anything, least of all duty.'