[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]
Nothing is more Western than hatred of the West, that passion for cursing and lacerating ourselves. By issuing their anathemas, the high priests of defamation only signal their membership in the universe they reject. The suspicion that hovers over our most brilliant successes always threatens to degenerate into facile defeatism. The critical spirit rises up against and consumes its form. But instead of coming out of this process greater and purified, it devours itself in a kind of self-canniabilism and takes a morose pleasure in annihilating itself. Hyper-criticism eventuates in self-hatred, leaving behind it only ruins. A new dogma of demolition is born out of the rejection of dogmas.
Posted by stronzo on 10.25.2011
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