“Behind every fascism there is a failed revolution.” (Walter Benjamin)
This is one of the most profound things ever said. And though I don’t want to go too far down the road of letting words mean just about anything, I want to say that this applies beyond mere fascism and politics to nearly every conflict in every dimension of life.
Anger and cold rationality are the waste products of the combustion of hope.
And, see also from the same Walter Benjamin:
“There is no document of civilisation which is not at the same time a document of barbarism.”
As a corollary:
“Our own cultural fundamentalists claim that culture is an authentic experience at the innermost core of our being. Such a claim is false. Fake it, pretend it, overcome it, but I don’t think that this appeal to some inner core (even if it is of our own culture) has any value. It certainly doesn’t have any emancipatory value. Our innermost attitudes are something we learn, but they can also be changed. We must never forget that.” (Slavoj Zizek)