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"moral relativity is an art form here in italy!
... what i am happy to see lampooned is the pretentiousness that is also a national characteristic, and thin-skinned defensiveness at the merest suggestion we outside france may have some claims to culture too, lol! too self-referential...

lol Well when one lives in France one begins to understand how that comes about, and even see it as quite harmless. On the other hand there's a certain kind of nationalism, or rather, ethnocentrism in France. I see it in relation with the obsession for nuance, which leads to sometimes absurd exigence, even perfectionism, and with the 'absolute-truth' side.

Note that I said 'absolute truths', not absolute morals! Morals are a complicate thing, it involves  empathy, style and a lot other things.
I was rather speaking about the cartesian spirit at work here. The cartesian spirit needs absolute precision, and accepts no relativity (even when it look like it does).

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by ValentinD (walentijn arobase free spot frança) on Sun Jun 14th, 2009 at 10:12:13 PM EST
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