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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Monsters

From Bob Wallace
Let's look at what the word "monster" really means.

From Wikipedia:

"The word 'monster' derives from Latin monstrum, an aberrant occurrence, usually biological, that was taken as a sign that something was wrong within the natural order.

"The word usually connotes something wrong or evil; a monster is generally morally objectionable, physically or psychologically hideous, and/or a freak of nature. It can also be applied figuratively to a person with similar characteristics like a greedy person or a person who does horrible things.

"However, the root of 'monstrum' is 'monere'—which does not only mean to warn, but also to instruct, and forms the basis of the modern English demonstrate. Thus, the monster is also a sign or instruction. This benign interpretation was proposed by Saint Augustine, who did not see the monster as inherently evil, but as part of the natural design of the world, a kind-of deliberate category error."

A monster, then, is an aberration of nature, and is a warning and an instruction of worse things to come.

Bob goes on to point out that Breivik is a monster, and depending on how things turn out, he could be remembered as a pretty benign one.

I encourage everyone to read and comment on Bob's site. He got kicked off Lew Rockwell around the time Lew and the Mises Institute decided to stop exploring certain issues. Like Roissy, Ron and Rand Paul, Malcolm X, he's someone both Left and Right factions have agreed to hate. Those are generally the people saying the most interesting things.

4 comments:

Bob Wallace said...

One man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist.

David Sager said...

^Wise words^

Manalapan said...

Enjoy your blog.

I am not sure how he is received in these parts, but I was struck by Ted Beale (Vox Day)'s post around this subject:

http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/08/opposing-predictions-revisited.html

The Anti-Gnostic said...

Here is what I wrote about Breivik in 2011. My post is almost completely wrong. The Norwegian left gained very little traction from Breivik's shooting of several dozen future Labor Party leaders and bureaucrats, and Breivik is probably not manic or mentally ill in any way. It was also over the top to call him satanic, since historically the ruling dynasty's offspring were fair game during power struggles.