Sex is Mathematics
This was the geography around which my reality revolved:
it did not occur to me, ever, that people were good or that a man was capable of change or that the world could be a better place through one’s taking pleasure in feeling or look or a gesture, or receiving another person’s love or kindness.
Nothing was affirmative, the term “generosity of spirit” applied to nothing, was a cliche, was some kind of bad joke. Sex is mathematics. Individuality no longer an issue. What does intelligence signify? Define reason. Desire – meaningless. Intellect is not a cure.
Justice is dead. Fear, recrimination, innocence, sympathy, guilt, waste, failure, grief, were things, emotions, that no one really felt anymore. Reflection is useless, the world is senseless. Evil is its only permanence. God is not alive. Love cannot be trusted. Surface, surface, surface was all that anyone found meaning in … this was civilisation as I saw it, colossal and jagged …
– American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)