From Ressentiment to Redemption
- New Horizons in Leadership Studies series
Chapter 9: Redemption
To understand social movements one has to have experienced them, Albert Camus wrote. But as one experiences them, understanding and knowledge are as uncertain as distant ignorance, and provide nothing more than therapeutic relief, if one survives. When the emotions of hate, envy, revenge and humiliation are the outpouring of a collective, social, ressentiment, they overwhelm all understanding. It becomes mythical, you feel evil has suddenly arisen from a distant past and the depths of an abyss. It is difficult to really understand evil, especially when it seems banal, sprung out of nowhere. When a beautiful Tamil girl walks joyfully and gracefully, with flower garlands in her hands to loop over the Indian Minister’s head, right at the moment when her belt-bomb explodes, you do not understand the girl and the act, the Minister and the politics; nor the purpose of it all.
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