Sexism, racism, and homophobia, like witchcraft, never fail to appear once you go looking for them and, like witchcraft, explain everything that the seeker deems out of joint. Superstition has not disappeared in the secular age. If anything, it has been fortified. For now, we are arrogant enough to imagine that our understanding has no limits, that a rational explanation must exist for everything, but just this, this certainty in our ability to determine causes and effortlessly penetrate  the mind of the Other, constitutes our refractory insanity. 

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