Quote of the Day: Musil on Ethnic Prejudice

Weimar Goethe Points Us to Weimar Haus

"She was not entirely free from the distaste the typical Austrian of her period felt for his German kin. It its classical form, which has become a rarity in our day, this distaste corresponded more or less to an image of the venerated heads of Goethe and Schiller planted guilelessly on bodies that had been fed on sticky puddings and gravies, and shared something of their nonhuman inwardness….  Now, ethnic prejudice is usually nothing more than self-hatred, dredged up from the murky depths of one's own conflicts and projected onto some convenient victim, a traditional practice from time immemorial when the shaman used a stick, said to be the repository of the demon's power, to draw the sickness out of the afflicted."

The Man Without Qualities, vol. 1, p. 461.

2 thoughts on “Quote of the Day: Musil on Ethnic Prejudice

  1. Quote of the Year: Unknown Multiculturalist on Ethnic Prejudice

    God Bless Hitler

    Islamabad, Land of the Pure, February 15th, 2006

    Joking aside: How would bilious Mr Žižek react to pompous delicately responsive quotes that evade argument with a twist style? Musil was provident enough not to do without “usually”. So, usually, I guess, the mockery-resisting and poster-wielding lady will certainly refrain from summoning a heathen demon’s power, then again, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. They just can’t take it anymore, those pious punks.


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