“And from this diffidence of one another, there is no way for any man to secure himselfe, so reasonable as Anticipation; that is, by force, or wiles, to master the persons of all men he can, so long, till he sees no power great enough to endanger him”
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
“Have we – we who have returned – been able to understand and make others understand our experience?”
Primo Levi, The Drowned and the Saved
Hobbes wrote about the need for a Leviathan, a body mightier than humanity itself to rein in our dark flamboyances, being that such excesses often played out in violence, chaos and death. Lest we fall into the trap of mistrusting our neighbours, fearing them and them fearing us in return – a trap in which humanity often falls.
In the 20th Century, we saw Europe fall into the abyss, not…
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