"In each selfie lies a tension between a narcissistic attitude and an altruistic wish to share. Taking a selfie is motivated by the human need of being part of something, be it a family, a group of friends or a society. Everyone tries to control the way they want to be seen and is aware that others do the same. The working hypothesis of Professor Michael Tomasello, from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, is that only evolved primates are able to operate on the basis of the structure of the we.
In contrast to this, a dictatorial attitude does not take into account human beings' aptitude to cooperate for the common good. The dictator is stuck in himself, thinking only about his individual goals, like Kaiser Overall who lives in a palace without windows or mirrors, and who like a newborn, has no self-recognition. The beauty of...Viktor Ullmann's opera is that at the end, Kaiser Overall realises that he has to relate to others and even has to cooperate with Death. "
Darya von Berner, Leipzig 2016
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