Sunday, November 13, 2005

Today's Quote

"In yet another sense, equality is not the principle of modern society. Ascribed status is still more important than achieved status. Proust discovered men were only their representations. When he tried to find the real man behind the status mask, he found that what was most real about men was precisely their status mask. This discovery has made Proust one of the most insightful sociologists of our time."
-Phillip Rieff, The Theology of Politics: Reflections on Totalitarianism as the Burden of Our Time" The Journal of Religion, Chicago, 1952.

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