We want to tell ourselves that some unbridgeable gulf separates us from the awful impulses that lead people to commit evil. Our entertainment industry is more than happy to sell that illusion back to us. The further we sink into manichean self-righteousness the more evil behavior will be accepted by politically significant numbers of Americans.The entire article is a good read.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Shades of Grey
I became a fan of Balloon Juice about a year ago. John Cole and company do an excellent job of taking issues and explaining them in a pithy manner. For example, writer Tim F. offers his take on America's need to separate good from evil and convince ourselves that we couldn't possibly be evil: