Monday, March 05, 2007

“They Are Fighting Science”

I thought the following NYT quotation from an Iraqi engineer and witness to today's book market bombing was both tragic and inspiring:

“Yesterday they killed the prophets and today they are killing the books. But hopefully the just, the science and the light will win. We’ll be patient until we achieve victory.”

I don't especially read (or intend) this as a political statement, but rather as a testament to the human capacity for hope and moral clarity in times of chaos and suffering.

2 Comments:

Blogger Tom Fletcher said...

Well memorialized.

3/06/2007 6:33 AM  
Blogger Tacitus said...

An aside, inspired by (and not meant to be a criticism of) Isaac's comment.

Though I've used it myself, I struggle with the phrase "moral clarity." Too often, it is intended by the speaker/writer to mean "I am convinced that my view of the situation is correct," which is essentially meaningless as it pertains to "objective" moral clarity. By this I do not mean that the search for objective morality is hopeless, or that relativism must take the day. I just believe that "moral clarity" as a phrase is more oblique than users' typically believe when they employ it.

3/06/2007 12:35 PM  

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