A moral and cognitive benchmark

If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behooves any of us to find fault with the rest of us.

James Truslow Adams

Americans are prone to the Christian heresy of Manichaeism, dividing the world into children of light and children of darkness.

American reality is George Floyd’s life being viciously snuffed out by the knee of a Minneapolis cop.

But it’s also just nine unarmed African Americans being shot and killed by police last year in a country of 330 million people.

American reality is police (and baseball-bat wielding vigilantes and freelance maniacs) attacking journalists and protesters.

But it’s also cops being shot and deliberately run over in the street.

We are a country tearing itself to pieces.

Damon Linker, Don’t willfully ignore the complexity of what’s happening in America right now

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