PRINT March 1979

Transcendent Anti-Fetishism

Latent in every man is the venom of amazing bitterness, a black resentment, something that curses and loathes life, a feeling of being trapped, of having trusted and being fooled, of being helpless prey of impotent rage, blind surrender, the victim of a savage, ruthless power that gives and takes away, enlists a man, then drops him, promises and betrays, and crowning injury, inflicts on him the humiliation of feeling sorry for himself and of regarding this power as intelligent, sentient being, capable of being touched . . .

In each of us this venom is always ready to pullulate in secret, to permeate the organism, darken the sun, change true to false and false to true, an hour into eternity, and to turn all thoughts into the fuel of a somber force consuming indiscriminately our flesh, our reason, talents, and instincts and sometimes even the self love which is all powerful in man.

—Paul Valéry

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