in Quotes

The facelessness of trolls

This from Stephen Marche on the facelessness of trolls on the Internet was fantastic:

“For the great French-Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, the encounter with another’s face was the origin of identity — the reality of the other preceding the formation of the self.

“The face is the substance, not just the reflection, of the infinity of another person. And from the infinity of the face comes the sense of inevitable obligation, the possibility of discourse, the origin of the ethical impulse.”


I’ve always thought it’s difficult to truly dislike (or even hate) anyone you come in contact with and this gives a “why” behind that notion.