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All Quotes by author - Rene Girard
" All of my work has been an effort to show that Christianity is superior and not just another mythology. "
" A mimetic crisis is when people become undifferentiated. There are no more social classes, there are no more social differences, and so forth. "
" A scapegoat remains effective as long as we believe in its guilt. "
" Having a scapegoat means not knowing that we have one. "
" Humanity is the child of religion. "
" If you scapegoat someone, it's a third party that will be aware of it. It won't be you. Because you will believe you are doing the right thing. "
Doing The Right Thing
" Individualism is a formidable lie. "
" In preventing a riot and dispersing a crowd, the Crucifixion is an example of cathartic victimization. "
" Instead of blaming victimization on the victims, the Gospels blame it on the victimizers. What the myths systematically hide, the Bible reveals. "
" Learning that we have a scapegoat is to lose it forever and to expose ourselves to mimetic conflicts with no possible resolution. "
" More than ever, I am convinced that history has meaning - and that its meaning is terrifying. "
" Paradoxically, we have become so ethnocentric in our relativism that we feel it is only okay for others - not us - to think their religion is superior! "
" Salvation lies in imitating Christ, in other words, in imitating the 'withdrawal relationship' that links him with his Father... To listen to the Father's silence is to abandon oneself to his withdrawal, to conform to it. "
" Society's preservation against the unlimited violence of scandals lies in the mimetic coalition against the single victim and its ensuing limited violence. The violent death of Jesus is, humanly speaking, an example of this strange process. "
" The myth-making machine is the mimetic contagion that disappears behind the myth it generates. "
" The profound self is a universal self. "
" The protective system of scapegoats is finally destroyed by the Crucifixion narratives as they reveal Jesus' innocence and, little by little, that of all analogous victims. "
" The true Resurrection is based not on the mythical lie of the guilty victim who deserves to die, but on the rectification of that lie, which comes from the true God and which reopens channels of communication mankind itself had closed through self-imprisonment in its own violent cultures. "
" We are aware that globalization doesn't mean global friendship but global competition and, therefore, conflict. That doesn't mean we will all destroy each other, but it is no happy global village, either. "
" Western civilization is, no doubt, predominantly on the side of secular relativism. That is not true in the Islamic world, where faith dominates. "
" When scandals proliferate, human beings become so obsessed with their rivals that they lose sight of the objects for which they compete and begin to focus angrily on one another. "
" When the Bible and the Gospels say that the victims should have been spared, they do not merely 'take pity' on them. They puncture the illusion of the unanimous victimization that foundational myths use as a crisis-solving and reordering device of human communities. "
" When the whole world is globalized, you're going to be able to set fire to the whole thing with a single match. "
" When we describe human relations, we usually make them better than they are: gentle, peaceful, and so forth, whereas in reality, they are often competitive. "
" When we judge, we are always in a psychic space which is circular. "
" Why is our own participation in scapegoating so difficult to perceive and the participation of others so easy? To us, our fears and prejudices never appear as such because they determine our vision of people we despise, we fear, and against whom we discriminate. "
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