Notas ao café…

Os políticos e a literatura

Posted in notas ao café by JN on Abril 18, 2011

Na Foreign Policy, Suzanne Merkelson escreve sobre ditadores famosos que, em alguma altura das suas vidas, foram (maus) escritores. Entres eles estão o Coronel Muammar Khadafi, Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il (este foi crítico de cinema), Estaline (poeta), Saparmurat Niyazov e o Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Seth Fischer explica porque os políticos são maus romancistas:

[…] It’s a running joke that politicians tend to do a poor job of writing fiction, and for the most part, the joke holds true. But I think there may be something more to this failure than just the fact that many of them are trained in legalese or that they’re busy. I think it has to do with the fact that being a politician requires putting the human capacity for empathy on hold, or at least minimizing it. It requires putting an idea or a philosophy or a party above people in order not to go mad.

[…] When I had even a little bit of power, and when people came to me night and day with the most horrendous stories imaginable, I had to learn how to shut off my capacity for empathy to avoid going mad. When I worked there, I had to learn how to say no, to not lose sleep over the veteran I just talked to who was missing half a head and would still not get enough disability. Or the fact that there was no way I could help that federal employee with cancer who was getting screwed out of her retirement on a technicality. I had to really believe that my political philosophy and my leaders would help fix all this in the end. […]

It’s not a surprise that these members want to write a novel, to create a fictional world that supports their worldview, that shows how their philosophy can help change the world for the better despite all the terrible things that they are tacitly accepting. Like almost every writer, they want to justify their existence through their words. But for the most part, it appears that they are writing ghosts, or character outlines. The characters in these books are ideas, not people, and I can’t blame them for making this mistake. For a politician to relearn how to actually empathize with a character, and hence a person, the pain of the responsibility of their power would become unbearable.

[Via: The Dish]

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