‘Intellectual alienation is a creation of middle-class society. What I call middle-class society is any society that becomes rigidified in predetermined forms, forbidding all evolution, all gains, all progress, all discovery. I call middle-class a closed society in which life has no taste, in which the air is tainted, in which ideas and men are corrupt. And I think that a man who takes a stand against this death is in a sense a revolutionary.’
-Frantz Fanon. Black Skin, White Masks
This ‘death’ of living beings who refuse to step beyond their comfortable mediocrity, pose as sycophants to the people above them, and take pride in mocking and asserting their superiority over the people below them, brings more grief, to me, than anger. To stand against such dormancy is, indeed, a revolution. But why is the middle-class the way it is?