Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What say you?

There is an old saying, “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. For this reason the mantra, ‘The devil decries evil. Virtue is his guise. To find the hidden villain, listen for the loudest cries.’ This, slightly modified to rhyme, was taken from a blog decrying the hypocrisy of the Republican Party. Such criticism of the Party is in part merited. I have been confounded however by the lack of discernment on the part of either party as to why there should be any cry at all. I recently added a blog to this site on the dynamics of morality. I had hoped some would respond with comments as to why morality should or should not even be discussed. Twenty years ago, Ronald Reagan nominated Robert Bork to be considered for appointment to the United States Supreme Court. He was rejected. His fiery opponents were many, largely over positions that he had taken in the area of affirmative action. Bork had expressed himself as a strong literal constitutionalist and his lack of support for several points held dear by proponents of affirmative action, led one Senator, the Honorable Ted Kennedy, to boldly decry Robert Bork as an ‘immoral man’. I have often wished I had been able at that point to question Mr. Kennedy as to what he meant by his statement, but I did not have the opportunity nor did any other take up the query. My own understanding of morality is such that it is a system of beliefs that not only define a culture but protect it. If my definition is true, can a culture without a clear definition of morality survive?


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