Wednesday, May 18, 2011

DSK Encore Une Fois

So, The Ancient has been posting all sorts of links about the DSK fiasco, but this one took the cake. Luis de Miranda, whom FLG is not familiar with, is arguing that DSK is to be admired as some sort of dialectic between chaos and order, reason and appetites manifested in a man.

Here's the craziest part:
je crois que DSK a deux raisons de se réjouir aujourd’hui, et nous avec lui : la première est que son passage à l’acte du Sofitel est un refus de l’avenir tout tracé que la plupart lui prédisaient. En cela, l’assaut de l’ouvrière de chambre est un geste fou de libération totale, presque une œuvre d’art, en ce que le geste lui permet aussi, au passage, de révéler qu’il n’a jamais été de gauche.

La seconde raison de se réjouir, c’est que ce suicide prouve, in fine, que la raison a triomphé de l’animal. L’étincelle spirituelle qui germe au fond de DSK a voulu nous éviter un président calligulien. Cet événement new-yorkais est un sacrifice, un renoncement à une surpuissance annoncée, un don à l’intérêt général français. En cela, DSK, tu es héroïque.

FLG's attempt at translation:
I believe that DSK has two reasons to be glad today, and us with him: first is that what happened at Sofitel is a rejection of a future many had mapped out for him. In that, the attack on the maid is an insane gesture of total release, almost a work of art, in that the gesture also allows him to reveal that he was never of the left.

The second reason to be delighted, is that this suicide proves, in the end*, that reason triumphed over the animal [within him]. The spiritual spark which germinates at the bottom of DSK wanted to avoid giving us a Calligulian president. This New York event is a sacrifice, a renouncement of an preordained power, a gift in the general interest of France. In that, DSK, you are heroic.


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* took the liberty of translating the Latin as well.

2 comments:

Withywindle said...

Yes, but it maps well onto your Platonic theory of the soul.

George Pal said...

God love the French. No feeling unexplained; no explanation unempathicalized.

 
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