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.
You are brave.
You are wise.
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?
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