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    • Jehanine
    • 20.03.10 | 19:38 (IST)

    I think Kleivan's statements on the banality of evil AND the tyranny of motherhood are spot-on. She had a difficult pregnancy & massive postpartum complications; it's easy to see why she'd feel tyrannized, enslaved, by this creature that just came out of her. There's also the fact that babies take over a woman's entire life, unconditionally absorbing all that she gives it = More tyranny. It is not a big mental leap to see why new mothers sometimes DO see their babies as evil and/or dictators (at least for awhile). Beyond that, it's also not hard to understand the more obvious statement about the way Evil was once a baby, too. Hitler/Stalin/Amin/etc. was once a cute toddler, he loved his dog, his mother loved him, he's the same species as the rest of us, etc... even though we might not want to humanize these dictators, by admitting such truths. But we ALL start out this way, innocent naked babies; which uniform we don later is our own choice.

    from the article: IN PICTURES / Danish artist dresses her baby as Hitler, exploring the meaning of evil
    First published 16:12 16.03.10 | Last updated 21:23 16.03.10
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