Del Toro, “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

Only in fantasy does one ascend to power by choosing to suffer rather than do wrong.


  1. I like this, but it’s not strictly true. The christian tradition has Christ becoming king by crucifixion so there’s certainly some other contexts for power coming from suffering.

  2. Interesting recontextualization. I was dealing with a different, Socratic problem. Of course, Socrates, e.g. in choosing the hemlock, also drew power from suffering.

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