22. juni 2009

Sensitivitet og demokrati

Her kommer et citat om sensitivitet og demokrati. Bare fordi jeg selv trænger sådan til at genlæse ordene i en tid hvor sensitiviteten har trange kår - personligt og kulturelt:
I believe in aristocracy, though - if that is the right word, and if a democrat may use it. Not an aristocracy of power ... but .. of the sensitive, the considerate. ... Its members are to be found in all nations and classes, and all through the ages, and there is a secret understanding between them when they meet. They represent the true human tradition, the one permanent victory of our queer race over cruelty and chaos. Thousands of them perish in obscurity, a few are great names. They are sensitive for others as well as themselves, they are considerate without being fussy, their pluck is not swankiness but the power to endure ...

E. M. Forster, "What I Believe," in Two Cheers for Democracy, hentet fra bogen The Highly Sensitive Person af Elaine N. Aron.


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