Among the alternatives to terror is charity, one of the names (and practices) of non-love today. When, confronted with the starving child, we are told: “For the price of a couple of cappuccinos, you can save her life!”, the true message is: For the price of a couple of cappuccinos, you can continue in your ignorant and pleasurable life, not only not feeling any guilt, but even feeling good for having participated in the struggle against suffering!” [Bertolt] Brecht’s line from his Badener Lebrstuck vom Einverstandnis are today more relevant than ever:
When there is no longer any violence, there is no need for help
Therefore you should not demand help, but abolish violence.
Help and violence form a whole
And the whole has to be changed.
Zizek, Living in the End Times, page 117