The Interrogation of the Good

 Zane (@zanegief)8 years, 9 months ago

Step forward: we hear
That you are a good man.
You cannot be bought, but the lightning
Which strikes the house, also
Cannot be bought.
You hold to what you said.
But what did you say?
You are honest, you say your opinion.
Which opinion?
You are brave.
Against whom?
You are wise.
For whom?
You do not consider personal advantages.
Whose advantages do you consider then?
You are a good friend
Are you also a good friend of the good people?

Hear us then: we know
You are our enemy. This is why we shall
Now put you in front of a wall.
But in consideration of
your merits and good qualities
We shall put you in front of a good wall and shoot you
With a good bullet from from a good gun and bury you
With a good shovel in the good earth.

– Bertolt Brecht

As translated by Slavoy Zizek in his critical and beautifully written ‘Violence’. Thoughts?

December 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm
Anonymous (11) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I dig it. it’s about the subjectivity of good and how little value it holds in a reality full of nations, and what not, that separate humanity into warring clans.
or at least that’s what i got

Justin (0) (@hopp35) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I gathered that you can’t make everyone win all the time, and it doesn’t matter how good you are, there are situations where it comes down to you or them.

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