“The diabolical is not limited to the wickedness popular wisdom ascribes to it whose malice, based on guile, is familiar and predictable in an adult culture. The diabolical is endowed with intelligence and enters where it will. To reject it, it is first necessary to refute it. Intellectual effort is needed to recognize it. Who can boast of having done so? Say what you will, the diabolical gives food for thought.

– Emmanuel Levinas, As if Consenting to Horror

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