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  • Siobhan
    Culture only has historical meaning as an opposition, a difference, one from another; but to an individual within a culture as diverse and multi-faceted as
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 3, 2005
      Culture only has historical meaning as an opposition, a difference,
      one from another; but to an individual within a culture as diverse
      and multi-faceted as America, it practically has no significance.
      Isolation defines a culture. Individuals define themselves in spite
      of culture. A culture is a generality which can be interesting to one
      from outside it, but as a rule cultures encourage elitism & racism.
      They're xenophobic. Culture is in opposition to the individual as
      much as society. In many cases, they're the same thing. Spengler
      looked at and categorized empires, not individuals. We live in
      history, and the existentialist is both affected by and affects
      his 'culture'. The Existentialists were concerned with the individual.

      "With Stirner, the concept of negation which inspires his rebellion
      irresistibly submerges every aspect of affirmation. It also sweeps
      away the substitutes for divinity with which the moral conscience is
      encumbered. "External eternity is swept away," he says, "but internal
      eternity has become a new heaven." Even revolution, revolution in
      particular, is repugnant to this rebel. To be a revolutionary, one
      must continue to believe in something, even where there is nothing in
      which to believe. "The (French) Revolution ended in reaction and that
      demonstrates what the Revolution was in reality*. To dedicate oneself
      to humanity is no more worth while than serving God. Moreover,
      fraternity is only "Communism in its Sunday best." During the week,
      the members of the fraternity become slaves. Therefore there is only
      one form of freedom for Stirner, "my power," and only one truth, "the
      magnificent egotism of the stars." (The Rebel, Camus)

      Siobhan
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