Sunday, 16 January 2011

Human Arrogance and Brutality

所有人文学的主要宗旨,一方面是确立人的价值、尊严、自由,另一方面是人的不断自省,也就是对人的弱点的揭示、限制和改造。对于当今人类来说,后一方面甚至比前一方面更重要。因为,在人的所有弱点中,最要不得的、危害最大的就是人的狂妄,狂妄将导致人的兽性极端爆发,导致动物界也不会发生的疯狂——人对人的残忍。
-刘晓波《人的问题》

The main purpose of all humanities, on the one hand is to establish the human values, dignity and freedom, on the other hand is constant self-examination, namely through revealing, confining and reforming to overcome human weakness. For today's humans, the latter is even more important than the former. Because, among all human weakness, the worst, most damaging one is arrogance, which leads to extreme outbreaks of brutality, and results insanity hardly seen from animals: man's cruelty to man.
- Liu Xiaobo, An Issue of Human

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