In the early Colony, tolerance was neither needed nor practiced; dissent led to exile. Of course, after 400 years or so, even in this vast country, you run out of land.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
In the enduring debacle surrounding the planned Muslim community center in lower Manhattan, this quote from Thomas Jefferson (from his Notes on Virginia) is suddenly all the rage amongst the tolerant:
But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
One could marvel at the percept, even draw inspiration from it, if it didn't so blatantly expose the bitter roots of America's ethics, especially in the light of its (and Jefferson's) Very Own Original Sin, which Sin's fruits fattened their pockets quite a bit.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
If, as Vonnegut once said, there is a ceiling to human thought, then we as a nation are hunkered down in the crawl space underneath the house, cornered by an unfathomable fear for, well, who-knows-what?