What Results from Intellectual Despair?

“Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. . . . It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one’s rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.” — Georges Bataille (1897-1962), French novelist and critic.

Bartleby.com says, “Bataille was the founding editor of the journal Critique (1946). Strongly influenced by Nietzsche, he focuses on extreme states of consciousness (violence and eroticism) as forms of mediation between nature and culture.”

What do you think of his statement? I’m inclined to agree. Maybe not for all men, but for some of us when faced with utter despair, all calm days would precede days of war.

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