How His Crystal Genius Still Speaks to Today’s World and Its Major Problems
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VIII. CONCLUSION: Economy of a Mysterious Scholarship It may be hard not to say that the ‗real‘ Marquis de Sade is located deep down at the end of the ‗labyrinths‘ where his stereotypical (dangerous) charac- ters and language belong; for, in there, too, are his philosophers and their equivalent who are even capable of turning the dark, crime-ridden labyrinths into enlightened spaces. We have read and learned that he cordially prided him- self for being a philosopher, and used his genius to vividly paint the different threats of sophistry and crime to genuine philosophy and humanity. The threat can be summarized as the sophistic scélératesse and its carriage of crimes against innocence, its celebration of temptation, its oftentimes religious veil over very materialistically sinful souls. But would Sade ever be seen as ‗holier‘ than average, or as a potentially good person who had enough courage to wear the dirt of his times in all at- tempts to get it cleaned? Was he not a divine messenger who, instead of mak- ing miracles, selected the roots of the most serious problems in real society and showed them to the people, explaining that they needed to work them out? Was he not the messenger who refused to die—not only soon, but ever—when he noticed how hard his task was growing by the day, and even inside of his own complex means? Was he not the prophet that one cannot afford to like, so extrovert, so pessimistic but realistic...
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