"[T]he construction of the social Other as cannibal-savage, demon, sorcerer, vampire, or an amalgam of them all, draws upon a consistent repertoire of symbols of inversion. The stories we tell about people out on the periphery play with their savagery, libertine customs, and monstrosity. At the same time, the combined horror and pleasure we derive from contemplating this Otherness—sentiments that influenced the brutality of colonists, missionaries, and armies entering the lands of those Others—certainly affect us at the level of individual fantasy as well."
D Frankfurter, Evil Incarnate: Rumors of Demonic Conspiracy and Satanic Abuse in History. Quoted in Philip Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil.
I read this book a few years back, but a book club I just joined is planning to read it this month, so I’m re-reading it. It’s interesting to discover how much my own thinking has changed in the past five years!(via shiracoffee)
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