Thursday, June 21, 2007

Ivan The Terrible and Sacred Violence

"Ivan (the Terrible) reckoned that, just as pious laymen cannot judge the actions of a holy fool but must simply believe-despite the lack of any rational grounds for such a belief-that there is sanctity concealed behind his madness, so Ivan's subjects ought to submit to his God-given power regardless of the nature of his actions."
-Holy Fools in Byzantium and Beyond.

This is actually how I would like to approach the onslaught of violence in the section following the Holy Fool with his pants down. That there are repercussions and yet many submit fully to the abuse they will receive. Which can parallel The Romantic Fool willing to take abuse because of infatuation or other insecurities.


Blogger Even In Blackouts said...

Evan, this is a perfect picture for the state park.

12:04 PM  

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