Friday, September 25, 2009

The Seneca anti-source

β€œTo consort with the crowd is harmful,” Seneca writes in Letter VII of Epistulae morales ad Lucilium, β€œ[because] there is no person who does not make some vice attractive to us, or stamp it upon us, or taint us unconsciously therewith. Certainly, the greater the mob with which we mingle, the greater the danger.”

(a-to develop a parallel culture in which we commune among ourselves to strengthen our opposition to the dominant culture
b-to imagine a positive cultural movement that focuses first on building small communities of resistance that are impervious to the influences of mass culture)

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