Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Camus' Men of Terror

More from Albert Camus:

Our epoch is one that, having pushed nihilism to its extreme conclusions, has accepted suicide. This can be verified in the facility with which it accepts murder, or justifies murder... Men of Terror have promoted suicide’s value until the final result, which is legitimized murder, or collective suicide.

Here, he was referring to some of the state-sponsored terrorism which already, in 1946, he could discern in the USSR. But this quote, eerily prescient, could easily relate to today's climate of fear and the 'clash of civilizations'.

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