Difference and Violence

“A society in which differences are too great is as flawed as a society that imposes total uniformity: both breed violence. . . If the focus comes entirely to lie on separation and individualism, group forming suffers, leading to competition, social isolation, and loneliness. This provokes narcissistic aggression against the mirror image that we perceive in the other. . . It doesn’t take much for violence to ensure.”

                            – Paul Verhaeghe.

This is about the increase in narcissistic fracturing we discussed recently and the flare-up neo-Nazi tendencies.

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