„Humanism is the only - I would go so far as saying the final- resistance we have against the inhuman practices and injustices that disfigure human history.“

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—  James Fenimore Cooper, livre The Pilot: A Tale of the Sea

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Contexte: There is no history of mankind, there is only an indefinite number of histories of all kinds of aspects of human life. And one of these is the history of political power. This is elevated into the history of the world. But this, I hold, is an offence against every decent conception of mankind. It is hardly better than to treat the history of embezzlement or of robbery or of poisoning as the history of mankind. For the history of power politics is nothing but the history of international crime and mass murder (including it is true, some of the attempts to suppress them). This history is taught in schools, and some of the greatest criminals are extolled as heroes.

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—  Martin Heidegger German philosopher 1889 - 1976

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