2013-06-03

The Labyrinth of Reason

The myth of the labyrinth, representing since the beginning of Western culture the hero's rational confrontation with the monster, guardian of the secret, reached in Auschwitz a breaking point in which their terms would have inverted. Since then, the path of the reason was itself the labyrinth of monstrosity; industrial planning of death became the monster; the secret to be protected wasn't other than the darkest side of the same capitalist system of production. Auschwitz wasn't an end or even an exception, but just something that, from this time on, had to be hidden.

Image after The British Museum's clay mask of the demon Huwawa (Iraq, ca. 1800-1600 BC) [dp-pao] and railroad gate to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp [ua-fu/fd].