To Inhabit is to Be

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Social conflicts arise from rivalries between those who occupy and preserve an eco-system as the place that specifies them as a family or group, and that therefore deserves every sacrifice, including sudden death. For if “to be is to inhabit,” not to inhabit is no longer to exist. Sudden death is preferable to the slow death of he who is no longer welcome, of the reject, of the man deprived of a specific place and thus of his identity.

Virilio, Paul. Speed and Politics: An Essay on Dromology. New York: Semiotext(e), 1986. Page 78.