Saturday, June 21, 2008

Pinapple Compote

In Brothers Karamazov, Lise confesses to Alyosha how she fantasizes about eating "pineapple compote" while watching another human being suffer. While she thinks this reveals her depravity (she's rather charmed by this), it may be her first step (maybe the 15th) toward compassion; an awareness of the disjunction between gratifying the flesh while flesh is suffering (e.g. popcorn at a horror movie) reveals sensitivity that can prompt to compassion.


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