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Unformatted text preview: The state today cannot be visualized, for it is anonymous and bureaucratic. The representatives of our world are missing, the tragic heroes are nameless. Any small-time crook, petty government official or policeman represents our world better than a senator or president. . ..Things happen without anyone in particular being responsible for them. Everything is dragged along, and everyone gets caught somewhere in the sweep of events. We are all collectively guilty. . . . Comedy alone is suitable for us. Our world has led to the grotesque as well as to the atom bomb . ..The conclusion might easily be drawn that comedy is the expression of despair, but this conclusion is not inevitable. . .. Another answer would be not to despair [but] to endure this world in which we live. . .. In laughter, man's freedom becomes manifest; in crying, his necessity. Our task today is to demonstrate freedom. . .. Tyrants fear only one thing: a poet's mockery. Durrenmatt...
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- Spring '08