Friday, September 5, 2008

OUR DOCILITY, OUR DOOM
French novelist Georges Bernanos speaks a truth we ignore at the world's peril

"I have thought for a long time now that if, some day, the increasing efficiency for the technique of destruction finally causes our species to disappear from the earth, it will not be cruelty that will be responsible for our extinction and still less, of course, the indignation that cruelty awakens and the reprisals and vengeance it brings upon itself ... but the docility, the lack of responsibility of the modern man, his base subservient acceptance of every common decree...

"The horrors that we have seen, the still greater horrors we shall presently see, are not signs that rebels, insubordinate, untameable men are increasing in number throughout the world, but rather that there is a constant increase in the number of obedient, docile men."

-- Georges Bernanos
(1888-1948)

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