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Twain's Final Thoughts on the Damned Human Race
Some have criticized the concept of human superiority. Jonathan Swift lampooned it in Gulliver's Travels. Mark Twain did the same in the Damned Human Race and satirically noted that it was humans who were inferior to other animals: "Man is the only animal that blushes, or needs to." This view is often called misanthropic, which usually carries the definition of hatred. It is very often compared to racism or declared an irrational, anti-social philosophical stance, and rarely defined as a belief that humans cannot be trusted, or as a critical appraisal of human nature (one could ask whether white abolitionists who criticized the actions of their race and class would also be called hateful).
From The Damned Human Race - PBworks
We can believe at the same time that the Liberator Devil is not a fanaticabout these matters. No doubt, like Milton's Satan, he would have preferredthe entrancing aroma of the earthly Paradise to the stench of Augean cattledroppings. Besides, the latter means houseflies, and it is likely thathe finds them as obnoxious as Twain and his Satan did. But there is a largerissue here so that the end justifies the odoriferous means. What this Devilneeds to encourage is the human tendency to identify as liberating thereduction of any aspiration, however seemingly noble or virtuous, to bodilywastes, as if he were an ardent press agent for the scatological mysticismof the French writer Georges Bataille. Ultimately, this is to make a virtueof self-disgust, a form of inverse transcendence that can issue creativelyin the higher forms of desecration. When that caca rocker G. G. Allin threwhis feces at the audience he was acting in the tradition of expose writers,ancient and modern: forcing the audience to confront the dirty truth behindthe sentimental illusions that structure its life. The Milwaukee jury'srefusal to accept his argument that he was only exercising his artisticfreedom simply highlighted the hypocrisy of the damned human race thatso appalled Twain's Satan and such of his epigones as the late Lenny Bruce-whosescatological humor, as the late Ralph Gleason once pointed out in , "challenged society at its very roots."