Thursday, November 4, 2010

while the imbecile human flock, duped by the appearances that lead them to the denial of essential ideas, will pass forever blind

R. Crumb, Burned Out, (2004).

It is to moments of humiliation such as these that we owe men like Robespierre.-- Stendhal, The Red and the Black.  
The "grumus merdae" (heap of feces) left behind by criminals upon the scene of their misdeeds seems to have both these meanings: contumely, and a regressive expression of making amends.-- Sigmund Freud