Is a Living Death Worse Than a Dying Life? Or Vice Versa

Barbara Todish

ABSTRACT
Ironically, the Marquis De Sade can be interpreted as saying that if we have authenticity we can be a (Utopian?) "family" to ourselves, thus escaping from the abuses, tortures, etc. of family, and entering into an alternative form of "kinship" namely "kinship" of the self. This can be accomplished by willingness to become awareness-risk takers, beginning with an individuals awareness of the uniqueness of self instead of settling for the anonymity (relatively speaking not settling for our relatives, etc.) of the comparisons of groups be they family, gender, race, class, etc.

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Updated 05/20/2006