Saturday, January 31, 2009

"Pre-emptive Capitulation"

"Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism," wrote Vaclav Havel. "It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out." In accepting the Nobel Prize, he said: "In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot."

This short YouTube cry of frustration by Pat Condell may sound a little too like a pistol shot for many, but one has to factor in the level of frustration felt by people like Condell, who obviously sense that they are living in an asylum run by the inmates. It's easy for those of use not faced with this sort of irresponsible lunacy to tut-tut the exaggerated rhetoric of those who are, but we should not overlook the message they are desperately and sometimes shrilly trying to send.

1 comment:

Pelican said...

Insulting Judaism is virtually a crime in the United States. One loses all social standing and perhaps a career for doing it. Why is this not also criticized by Catholics? Is Judaism less of a religious error than Islam? I would say it's much worse, and that the United States has taken on the consciousness, at least in the public culture and foreign policy, of the anti-logos Jew, not the anti-Trinity Muslim. Why all the animosity for Islam and none for Judaism, which St. John called the Synagogue of Satan?