Tuesday, January 11, 2011

À propos

Derrick Jesen, in Endgame vol. 1, lays out the premises he will be exploring throughout the work. Premise Four (first articulated on page ix) is something we should keep in mind when thinking of recent events:
Civilization is based on a clearly defined and widely accepted yet often unarticulated hierarchy. Violence done by those higher on the hierarchy to those lower is nearly always invisible, unnoticed. When it is noticed, it is fully rationalized. Violence done by those lower on the hierarchy to those higher is unthinkable, and when it does occur is regarded with shock, horror, and the fetishization of the victims.
Emphasis is mine, and that's all I have to say about that.

4 comments:

Richard said...

Very good.

Justin said...

Dammit, that is a far more efficient and clearer way to write my latest post...

Salty said...

In the future, all bloggers will realize that everything they could say has been said better by some jerk in a book. On that day, when the last blooger (tm) finally realizes this, nothing will change.

And you can hold me to that.

Anonymous said...

aka "shit rolls downhill"