wittgenstein on discerning the other’s humanity, or not

We tend to take the speech of a Chinese for inarticulate gurgling. Someone who understands Chinese will recognise language in what he hears. Similarly I often cannot discern the humanity in a man.


—Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value, 1914



  1. You know that clip of the hindenberg going up and the commentator saying “Oh the humanity!” I always wonder why he said that. I think i would have said “Oh the humans!”

    • Hah! 🙂

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