How His Crystal Genius Still Speaks to Today’s World and Its Major Problems
IX -- EXIT PARENTHESIS -- PICTURING AN AFTERWORD: The Economy of Enlightenment between the "Lightening" of the 20th Century: One "Saint" by Example in His Own My Pilgrimage for Peace 231
IX. EXIT PARENTHESIS—PICTURING AN AFTERWORD: The Economy of Enlightenment between the „Lightening‟ of the 20th Century: One „Saint‟ by example in his Own My Pilgrimage for Peace When Sade said in 1793 (ES, 40) that without him—his writings and their wisdoms—people would keep abusing each other, very few people, if any, would have found it to be more than laughable, ironic and even possibly ‗sadis- tic.‘ It would be more so especially for those fraught with the abundant rhetoric of his critics, easy readers and easy writers. After reading him within the lines and without prejudice, one realizes that he was not joking. He was simply mi- sunderstood, bedeviled into a bad character and held to be so, because his so- lutions came against the very people who profit from the crimes, the vices, the immorality, popular ignorance and so forth, which he depicted. Given that an important number of the people fighting him had the power, the means and the language to speculate on what is acceptable, and given that Sade was genuinely part of the historic power (class), and that he shared some of the behavior that he later chastised, it is unlikely that he would have been seen as one who truly wants to keep people from abusing each other. Yet, a great deal of the wisdoms ‗buried‘ in his writings would have been very useful for the 19th to 21st centuries‘ humans. If we take the example of George Lansbury‘s My Pilgrimage...
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