Friday, February 7, 2020

A philosophy of self-sacrifice

Friday, February 7, 2020

…He had eloquently articulated a philosophy of self-sacrifice that would help define the emerging traditions of Irish republican martyrdom. ‘It is not those who inflict the most but those who suffer the most who will conquer,’ MacSwiney declared. When somebody dies on a hunger strike, the moral calculus of causation can be tricky. It may have been MacSwiney who, in the strictest sense, chose to take his own life, but by announcing that he would eat again only if the British acceded to his demands, he seemed to transfer the responsibility for whether he lived or died into the hands of his captors….

~ Patrick Radden Keefe, Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, 2018


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