07: Found Caprices

“We hereby report to you
The story of a journey, undertaken by
One who exploits and two who are exploited
Observe the conduct of these people closely:
Find it estranging even if not very strange
Hard to explain even it if is the custom
Hard to understand even if it is the rule
Observe the smallest action, seeming simple,
With mistrust
Inquire if a thing be necessary
Especially if it is common
We particularly ask you–
When a thing continually occurs–
Not on that account to find it natural
Let nothing be called natural
In an age of bloody confusion,
Ordered disorder, planned caprice,
And dehumanized humanity, lest all things
Be held unalterable!”

— Bertolt Brecht
The Exception and the Rule, Prologue

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