Wednesday, July 19, 2006

"Rigorous" Logic

In keeping with the last post about the reasons for all the players to see the current war continue in Lebanaon and Israel, here is an exerpt from Jeff Wells' blog entry yesterday on Rigorous Intuition. In its sheer eloquence and simplicity, it offers an uplifting vision and a road to the view:

[Simone] Weil died in England in 1943 of tuburculosis, though her death was hastened by her refusal to eat more than the ration allowed her compatriots in occupied France. She wrote, "Human beings are so made that the ones who do the crushing feel nothing; it is the person crushed who feels what is happening. Unless one has placed oneself on the side of the oppressed, to feel with them, one cannot understand."

Evil doesn't do empathy. We had better. Because if our hearts can beat around the world - if our consciousness can be elevated such that we see our isolation to be an illusion and our divisions a deceit of criminals who mean to crush us with them - then maybe the world will yet see some glorious novelty.

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