Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Camus' Clash of civilisations

I came across this fascinating quote from Albert Camus in the biography of him by Olivier Todd. The current use of 'clash of civilizations' makes it all the more resonant:

For those who feel solidarity with the world’s destiny, the clash of civilizations has something anquishing about it. I have made that anguish my own at the same time that I wished to play my role. ... One must choose between action and contemplation.

Plus ca change...

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