Abandon Text!

W. H. Auden once said: "Poems are not finished; they are abandoned." I have been abandoning writing projects for many years, since only the pressure of deadline and high expectations ever got me to finish, or even start, anything of merit. This blog is an attempt to create a more consistent, self-directed writing habit. Hopefully a direction and voice will emerge.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Tolerance by reason of insanity

I heard on the news this morning that the Christian convert who was facing execution in Afghanistan was released on grounds that he was "mentally unfit to stand trial."

I was relieved. How often have arguments run right up to the brink of violence, and then one side or the other pulls back, saying, "Man, you're just crazy." Tolerance, after all, is just everyone agreeing to think that the other guy is nuts.


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