— OCTAVE MIRBEAU
"YOU’RE OBLIGED TO PRETEND RESPECT FOR PEOPLE AND INSTITUTIONS YOU THINK ABSURD. YOU LIVE ATTACHED IN A COWARDLY FASHION TO MORAL AND SOCIAL CONVENTIONS YOU DESPISE, CONDEMN, AND KNOW LACK ALL FOUNDATION. IT IS THAT PERMANENT CONTRADICTION BETWEEN YOUR IDEAS AND DESIRES AND ALL THE DEAD FORMALITIES AND VAIN PRETENSES OF YOUR CIVILIZATION WHICH MAKES YOU SAD, TROUBLED AND UNBALANCED. IN THAT INTOLERABLE CONFLICT YOU LOSE ALL JOY OF LIFE AND ALL FEELING OF PERSONALITY, BECAUSE AT EVERY MOMENT THEY SUPPRESS AND RESTRAIN AND CHECK THE FREE PLAY OF YOUR POWERS. THAT’S THE POISONED AND MORTAL WOUND OF THE CIVILIZED WORLD."
Stuff I like (all)
- “The idea of freedom is inspiring. But what does it mean? If you are free in a political sense but have no food, what’s that? The freedom to starve?”
Saying things like “we’ve gone from white hoods to business suits” is one way to seem to speak to contemporary racism’s less vocal, yet still...”