Not so novel thought

July 30, 2010 at 9:44 pm | In just_so | Comments Off on Not so novel thought

Page 316, “Alexandra” (Tatiana) tells Smiley:

She [Tatiana’s mother] was not obedient to history. That is to say, she believed that history had taken a wrong course. She was mistaken. The people should not attempt to change history. It is the task of history to change the people.

And that, in a nutshell, is a description of ideology (and ideologues) everywhere: the too-often insane belief that there’s a system (“history” – or religion …or whatever) that changes people, when it might actually be the other way around.

Now, interesting corollary: there’s an ideology that claims that people are unchanging – the old saw about “human nature” etc.

…You know, as in: “It’s in human nature to (a)… or (b)… or (c)…,” meaning, “we can’t really change this/ do anything about it,” …which ends up as an excuse for putting up with crap.

Somewhere in between those two pieces of junk is a dialectic perhaps – I hope.

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