Ulrich Oswald wrote: > > Gary Kern wrote: > > > > A RIDDLE FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ERNST JÜNGER LIST: > > > > We have all talked about désinvolture, but are we agreed on what it > > means? Does the concept, for instance, contain principles for the right > > way to live? Or is it just an attitude? > > > > Coming to think of it: Offering your left cheek to your adversary after > being hit onto the right is also a kind of désinvolture, is it not? And > a very strong principle too, and no attitude. > > Ulrich **************************** Here you come to a crucial point. I would say, on the basis of AFRICAN GAMES, THE GLASS BEES and remarks made in THE DETAILS OF TIME, that EJ's brand of désinvolture would advise turning the other cheek only as a tactical maneuver, not as an ethical Christian-style response. No love of brother is involved: if later you can get away from the one who slapped you, or perhaps strike back at him safely, you do so. But of course you do not waste your time waiting for the chance to retaliate; you let the other have his stupid game and go on with your life. So the principle would seem to be this: If someone more powerful than yourself slaps you in the face, turn your other cheek to show your disdain. If the slapper is not more powerful than you, knee him in the balls. If the slapper is a tyrant and you think you can get away with it, assassinate him. GK
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