"The Damned Human Race". Anti Essays. 18 Dec. 2015

No need to venture into the labyrinth of logic and epistemology to argue this. Just do as Mark Twain did in The Damned Human Race, and tell the story of a little scientific test.

Browse 4 famous quotes and sayings about Damned Human Race.

 Browse 4 famous quotes and sayings about Damned Human Race.

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."

Theme: The Damned Human Race
The Damned Human Race

The Damned Human Race | American Satire

"My loyalities will not be bound by national borders, or confined in time by one nation's history, or limited in the spirtual dimension by one language or culture. I pledge my allegiance to the damned human race, and my everlasting love to the green hills of Earth, and my intimations of glory to the singing stars, to the very end of space and time."

“The Damned Human Race” is a scathing irony and satire on man’s combative, cruel and callous nature

Mark Twain on the damned human race

This Satan, both when Twain wrote and now, has the advantage of beinga moral simplifier. His first postulate is that doing good is nothing morethan avoiding evil, while his second is that in a Demiurge-ruled universethere is always available to an elite a trustworthy perspective in whichanyone and everything at any time can be seen as nothing but evil. As HansJonas, scholar of Gnosticism, points out, such a morality is a liberatingrelease from the burdens of charity, prudence, and casuistry that alwayscomplicate moral choosing for the nonelite. Twain's Satan and his kindcan pose as intransigent haters of evil only if they can command the perspectivesof choosing. One of their problems is to keep us from seeing that theirmoral outrage with damnable human conduct is not consistent with a theodicycommitted to the belief that the human race is no more damnable than onewould expect it to be given the irresistible ill will of its Creator. Anotherof their problems is to keep us from discovering that their disgust withthe damned human race is only a reflection of the self-disgust that Twainconfessed he shared with Byron. To discover this is to suspect that theirmoral outrage is at bottom a sentimental indulgence in which doing goodhad been confused with feeling good in adversarial circumstances.

Mark Twain on the damned human race by Mark Twain, 1962,Hill and Wang edition, in English

Analyis of the Damned Human Race - Brainia

Twain's Satan, in fact, is the intransigent moralist that for a longtime now we have expected the post-enlightenment intellectual to be. Itis likely that the latter no more believes in Satan than Twain did, andit is likely too that he is less concerned with improving the damned humanrace than with undermining its pieties with a hermeneutic of suspicion,perhaps employing a flexible tongue to anatomize its absurd claim to besuperior among creatures. We expect from him, and even, as they nowadayssay, privilege, his uncompromising adversary voice, particularly if itattacks bourgeois, consumerist democracy. Lionel Trilling once observedthat in Flaubert's novel "bourgeois democracymerely affords the setting for a situation in which it becomes possibleto reject culture itself." In this perspective, irreverence towardthe rituals and symbols of established culture becomes (as it did for Twain'sSatan, if not for Twain himself) the higher reverence. The adversarialintellectual is in the service to an implied ideal order to which he hasthe unmediated access that Emerson had to the Oversoul, or that the Gnosticsof the early Christian centuries had to the true God. Such an idealist,again like Twain's Satan, is constitutionally suspicious of all accumulationsof power-so much so that he often seems to define virtue as a conditionof absolute nonbeing.