Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Divine Violence?

I'm reading Slavoj Zizek's Violence and one of the concepts I find the most disturbing is that of divine violence. It's a complex theory similar to divine intervention, but instead of the hand of God there to assist you, it is there to punish you. There is no deep meaning, there is no lesson. Divine justice is handed down, brutalizing one person or millions of people, and we are beyond powerless to stop it. What's more, through divine violence, we grow to accept the atrocity. Pretty up beat stuff, to be sure.

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