…to turn our backs on the destructive forces of the century is of little avail.
- without the imperialists’
- without the bourgeoisie’s political device of “power for power’s sake,” the extent of human strength might never have been discovered;
- without the fictitious world of totalitarian movements, in which with unparalleled clarity the essential uncertainties of our time have been spelled out, we might have been driven to our doom without ever becoming aware of what has been happening.
And if it is true that in the final stages of totalitarianism an absolute evil appears (absolute because it can no longer be deduced from humanly comprehensible motives), it is also true that without it we might never have known the truly radical nature of Evil.
- -Hannah Arendt