Monday, 27 November 2017

Does the sleep of reason bring forth monsters?

“It is not the slumber of reason that engenders monsters, but vigilant and insomniac rationality” Gilles Deleuze
Is this true? It is true that intellectuals and their ideas engender most of the monsters, but monsters are engendered all the time, whether or not reason slumbers, and reason can mean different things. The rationality of Communism and the Nazis is not probably not rational as Goya's generation understood the word. 

Yet yes - it is usually seeking to organise the world on rational principles that engenders monsters.


  1. He may be right, and he may be one of the monsters himself. It seems to me that reason without a firm set of coordinates can create monsters. For me, a firm set of coordinates is the God foundation of the world. What coordinates does an atheist have? I just cannot comprehend.

  2. Rationality is an equation which does not fully express or round down humanity - but it very powerfully divides.