Thursday, February 21, 2013

sorting out what I believed

Thursday, February 21, 2013

...I started to reexamine my assumptions, and recalled the values my mother and grandparents had taught me.  In this slow, fitful process of sorting out what I believed, I began silently registering the point in dorm-room conversations when my college friends and I stopped thinking and slipped into cant: the point at which the denunciations of capitalism or American imperialism came too easily, and the freedom from constraints of monogamy or religion was proclaimed without fully understanding the value of such constraints, and the role of victim was too readily embraced as a means of shedding responsibility, or asserting entitlement, or claiming moral superiority over those not so victimized.

~ Barrack Obama, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, 2006

1 comments:

Loree said...

I sometimes wonder where you find the time to read all these wonderful books :)

 
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