Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Joseph Brodsky on Evil

"...nothing can be turned and worn inside out with greater ease than one's notion of social justice, civic conscience, a better future, etc.  One of the surest signs of danger here is the number of those who share your views, not so much because unanimity has the knack of degenerating into uniformity as because of the probability - implicit in great numbers - that noble sentiment is being faked...
      ...the surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even - if you will - eccentricity."

from 'A Commencement Address', 
Less Than One: Selected Essays 
by Joseph Brodsky (Viking, 1986)

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