Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Laing on others

RD Laing:

People can and do destroy the humanity of others, and the condition of this possibility is that we are inter-dependent. We are not self-contained monads producing no effects on each other except our reflections. We are both acted upon, and changed for good or ill, by others; we are agents who act upon others to affect them in different ways. Each of us is the other to the others.

Inter-dependence. It's what drives everything. Without it there would be no need for good or evil. With it, they are indispensible.

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