October 2nd, 2006

breaking bad

The not-saved

altariel encouraged me to read 'The Body in Pain' by Elaine Scarry, which is about the uses of war and torture to take language away from the enemy, and destroy the sense of Self. I recommend it.

Amanda Marcotte on the feminist blog Pandagon has one of the best blog posts I have read for ages on the dehumanising of the Other as a response to the fear of death. I think fear of death is more powerful in our society, because we stress the Self so much, and we emphasise Control, though obviously fear is powerful for all humans everywhere. And we have no protection from it - only delay.
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