Thursday, June 19, 2008

Words by Eric Hoffer

When we see the bloodshed, terror and destruction born of such generous enthusiasms as the love of God, love of Christ, love of a nation, compassion for the oppressed and so on, we usually blame this shameful perversion on a cynical, power-hungry leadership. actually, it is the unification set in motion by these enthusiasms, raqther than the manipulations of a scheming loeadership, that transmutes noble impulses into a reality of hatred and violence. the deindividualization wich is a prerequisite for thorough integration and selfless dedication is also, to a considerable extent, a process of dehumanization. The torture chamber is a corporate institution.

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