How’s this for a quotation?

by J.A. Myerson

Sartre to the Mai68 crew:

What is interesting about your action is that it is putting imagination in power. You have a limited imagination, just like everyone else, but you have a lot more ideas than your elders, we were educated in such a way that we have a precise idea of what is possible and what is not. A professor will say, “Get rid of exams? Never. You can change them, but you can’t get rid of them!”Why? Because he has been taking exams for half his life. The working class has often imagined new ways of struggling, but always in relation to the precise situation it found itself in. In 1935 it invented the occupation of the factories because that was the only weapon it had to consolidate and exploit its victory at the polls. You have a much more fertile imagination, as the slogans we are reading on the Sorbonne walls show. Something has come out of you which is confounding, shaking up, rejecting everything which made our society what it is today. It’s what I would call an extension of the field of possibilities.

How about that?

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