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January 17, 2005

The puppet and the dwarf

An exhibition considers Freud's Moses and Monotheism and other original documents in the good doctor's own hand.

Furthermore, is not so-called exclusionary monotheist violence secretly polytheist? Does not the fanatical hatred of believers in a different god bear witness to the fact that the monotheist secretly thinks that he is not simply fighting false believers, but that his struggle is a struggle between different gods, the struggle of his god against "false gods" who exist as gods? Such a monotheism is effectively exclusive: it has to exclude other gods. For that reason, true monotheists are tolerant: for them, others are not objects of hatred, but simply people who, although they are not enlightened by the true belief, should nonetheless be respected, since they are not inherently evil.
- Slavoj Žižek, "The Puppet and the Dwarf" (2003)

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 17, 2005 08:00 AM

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That's exactly why I chuckled at some of my fellow Christians' screeds against D&D, or Cabbage Patch kids with the names of ancient Sumerian gods, back in the '80s.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 17, 2005 01:40 PM

Though cabbage patch kids * are * an example of universal evil at world in the world...

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 17, 2005 01:52 PM