A creature of ressentiment
, Ahmed automatically assumes his own diminutive status in the perception of others and habitually feels compelled to protest, as Gentleman Jones might say, that he is "not ordinary" or is "a person to be reckoned with." The Malik-Ahmed also exhibits Jones's moody alternation between sleepy inanition over long periods and violence in bursts.
To understand what lies behind Amery's attitude, we need to take a closer look at his essays in Beyond Guilt and Atonement, the chapter on "Ressentiments
" in particular.
If you trusted simply to their words, would you suspect you were among men of ressentiment
When it serves their interests, they attend to their duties This is where Nietzsche's "ressentiment
" becomes relevant.
Some of these marginalized people belong to traditionally disfavored economic groups, but many others are of middle- or upper-class background: Economic factors are less significant than a newly forming cultural ressentiment
, used as an instrument for group self-assertion, in driving these events.
How to achieve wealth and growth substitutes for the political; how the individual, or family unit, might maximize its advantage substitutes for any art of life or living, or any sense of justice beyond competitive notions like the level playing field, where a soul-destroying ressentiment
is so readily fed in historical circumstances like our own.
L'Amerique latine sert a restaurer la grandeur d'une France mythique, militante ou republicaine, anti-etatsunienne, a proclamer des valeurs que l'on sent menacees (comme l'honneur, le courage, la virilite voire meme le machisme ou un certain ressentiment
face au feminisme) ou encore a projeter des utopies comme la lutte armee, l'ecologisme ou les droits humains.
One of the most inventive sections of the second half of Hicks's book is his discussion of the "Kierkegaardian," "Reverse Thrasymachean," "Machiavellian," and "Ressentiment
" strategies postmodernist thinkers use to connect their relativistic epistemology and dogmatic political commitments.
Rather, he seeks to trace them to a powerful ressentiment
directed against the partisan of the Enlightenment and of capitalist achievement.