lördag, februari 13, 2010

One, but not the same

"The price the West now demands of weaker, poorer cultures which wish simply to survive is that they erase their differences. To flourish , you need by and large to stop being who you are."
Spurious kinds of universality insists that we are all the same. But from whose standpoint? (...) Genuine kinds of universality, however, understand that difference belongs to our common nature. It is not the opposite of it. (...) To encounter another human body is thus to encounter, indissocialbly, both sameness and difference."

Terry Eagleton, After Theory (Penguin books, 2004) s.160 f

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