The arse is truly is the idiot of the family  

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"The arse is truly is the idiot of the family" (1983) is a dictum by Peter Sloterdijk recorded in the Critique of Cynical Reason (1983):

"The arse seems to be condemned to live in the dark. Among the different parts of our body, it leads the life of a tramp. It truly is the idiot of the family. Yet it would be a miracle if this black sheep of the body did not have a ready opinion of the events taking place in higher regions, just like those who have been rejected by society often express the most sober views of it."

Original:

"Der Arsch scheint dazu verurteilt, sein Dasein im Dunkeln zu fristen, wie der Clochard unter den Körperteilen. Er ist der wirkliche Idiot der Familie. Doch es wäre ein Wunder, wenn dieses schwarze Schaf des Körpers nicht über alles was in den höheren Regionen passiert, seine eigene Meinung hätte, ähnlich wie die Deklassierten oft den nüchtersten Blick auf die Leute in den oberen Rängen werfen."

Dutch:

"De aars lijkt ertoe veroordeeld in het donker te leven, hij is de clochard onder de lichaamsdelen. Dit is echt de idioot van de familie. Het zou echter een wonder zijn wanneer dit zwarte schaap van het lichaam geen eigen mening had over alles wat zich in de hogere regionen afspeelt, zoals de gedeklasseerden vaak het nuchterst denken over de mensen in hogere groepen.", vertaling Tinke Davids

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