Our reflexes and our pride transform into a planet the parcel of flesh and consciousness we are. And if all our actions—from breathing to the founding of empires or metaphysical systems— derive from an illusion as to our importance, the same is true a fortiori of the prophetic instinct. What surrounds us we endure better for giving it a name—and moving on.
The source of our actions resides in an unconscious propensity to regard ourselves as the center, the cause, and the conclusion of time. And if we could imagine such a mind, how locate it within duration?
I see in him a tyrant manqué an approximate executioner, quite as detestable as the first-rate tyrants, the first-rate executioners Every faith practices some form of terror, all the more dreadful when the “pure” are its agents. Whereas the fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for one; in either case, tyrant or martyr, he is a monster. Revolted by the sublime and by carnage, the mind dreams of a provincial ennui on the scale of the universe, of a History whose stagnation would be so grot that doubt would take on the lineaments of an event and hope a calamity. The age of Alcibiades and the eighteenth century in France are two sources of consolation.
The compulsion to preach is so rooted in us that it emerges from depths unknown to the instinct for self-preservation. And how could we endure the codes, the customs, the paragraphs of the heart which inertia and propriety have superimposed upon the futile and intelligent vices, if it were not for those playful beings whose refinement puts them at once at the apex and in the margin of society?All you have to do is answer a couple of simple questions and you’re ready to go.Why get bogged down with inconvenient registration pages when you don’t have to?Wenn Sie mit der Funktion des Flash Players auf Ihrem Computer unglücklich sind, versuchen Sie bitte auf die HTML5-Version der Seite umzuschalten, indem Sie auf den "Kippschalter" klicken.Nur Premium-Mitglieder können die Webcams der anderen Nutzer sehen.