Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Who says narcissistic reflection is about self-love?

Self-hatred fuels the whole techological effort to make the world over anew. People can't bear failing the world by their very existence, nor the world failing them. We've sown disorder everywhere, and in wishing to perfect the world, we end up failing ourselves. It's on this failing that all religions thrive. You have to pay. In the past, it was God who took the reprisals; now we do it. We have undertaken to inflict the worst upon ourselves, and to engineer our disappearance in an extremely complex and sophisticated way, in order to restore the world to the pure state it was in before we were in it.

- Jean Beaudrillard

("Metamorphosis of Narcissus" by Salvador Dali)


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