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August 26, 2009

Quote of the Day

Apropos of my previous post, via Megan McArdle:

Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out. Is one's first feeling, 'Thank God, even they aren't quite so bad as that,' or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies are as bad as possible? If it is the second then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils. You see, one is beginning to wish that black was a little blacker. If we give that wish its head, later on we shall wish to see grey as black, and then to see white itself as black. Finally we shall insist on seeing everything -- God and our friends and ourselves included -- as bad, and not be able to stop doing it: we shall be fixed for ever in a universe of pure hatred.

Which is, sadly, starting to sound all to much like our current political environment.

The entire post is eminently worth reading - I enjoyed it immensely. Now go thou and do likewise.

Posted by Cassandra at August 26, 2009 02:13 PM

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Marty: They're right behind us. So I was in the Gulf last year, I was doing this thing anyway. And I came up over this dune, and I saw the ocean... and it was on fire. The whole thing, on fire, and it was beautiful. So I just sat there and watched it, and that's when I realized there might be a meaning to life, you know, like an organic power that connects all living things, God, Yahweh, I dunno.

[Marty shoots two rounds through the door, taking out the thug behind it]

Sometimes it works the other way, too. Not that you need to be told that: we're all of us here experienced at looking for the white in the blackest places.

Posted by: Grim at August 26, 2009 05:44 PM

This comment is word for word out of the mouth of C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Christianity. Did she say that?

Posted by: Malishious_Intent at September 2, 2009 02:31 AM

This comment is word for word out of the mouth of C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Christianity. Did she say that?

Gee, I don't know. Does this count?

It is starting to remind me of that C.S. Lewis quote from Mere Christianity:

Posted by: Cassandra at September 2, 2009 08:01 AM