Monday, May 30, 2011

History transformed into nature: A passage from Roland Barthes

Does this have something to do with the old man's final exam?

"We reach here the very principle of myth: it transforms history into nature. We now understand why, in the eyes of the myth consumer, the intention, the adhomination of the concept can remain manifest without however appearing to have an interest in the matter: what causes mythical speech to be uttered is perfectly explicit, but it is immediately frozen into something natural; it is not read as a motive, but as a reason."

-Roland Barthes Mythologies

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