May 15th, 2013


to love the bad


”The Greeks placed greater value on the emotion of love than on the object. If one felt love, that was enough, and there was never any question of whether the object of one’s love deserved such adoration. The emotion justified the object, not vice versa. The beloved was good because he was loved, not loved because he was good. Nowadays, when the notion of love has become so desecrated, and the chances of it’s existence made almost impossible as a consequence, one must love only the good. To love the bad is considered a pathology. To love the bad is to reveal one’s sickness, one’s own badness, and that revelation is tantamount to the peal of a leper’s bell.”

- Jonathan Kemp, LONDON TRIPTYCH (no Kindle)