Quote of the Day

Do not Christ’s “scandalous” words from Luke point in the direction of such universality, which ignores every social hierarchy?  “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his mother and his father, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters – yes, even his own life – he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26)  Family relations stand here for any particular ethnic or hierarchical social bond that determines our place in the global Order of Things.  The “hatred” enjoined by Christ is therefore not the opposite of Christian love, but its direct expression: it is love itself that enjoins us to dissociate ourselves from the organic community into which we were born; or, as Saint Paul put it, for a Christian there are neither men nor women, neither Jews nor Greeks.  No wonder that, for those fully identified with a particular way of life, the appearance of Christ was seen as either a ridiculous joke or a traumatic scandal.

– Slavoj Zizek, The Year of Dreaming Dangerously

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