The Four Refusals

Not to exploit others, not to lie, not to make war, and not to breed; these are the four great refusals to accept the nature and reality of our own species. Now, we have been taught, especially in the twentieth century, that “refusal to accept” is always a bad thing. This rests on a confusion of two meanings of the phrase: denying that X is X, when it plainly is, contra accepting that X is X but withholding one’s approval of it. No good, of course, can come of the first; we do far too much “refusing to accept” human nature in the first sense and not nearly enough in the second.

Posted on February 23, 2011 at 10:05 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: AGAINST NATURE, Defying The Demiurge

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