|I’m fascinated by the venom that can ensue on the web when someone publishes an article or comments on the web. Two classic examples include a recent cheese one on CNN (see here) where readers were asked to “SoundOff” and did they ever. Tia who provided the material was pretty relaxed about it but her friends got quite indignant on her behalf.
Another comparable pairng is Vaclav Havel’s speech to the US Congress in 1990 where he stated in part:
” Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness, nothing will change for
the better in our being as humans, and the catastrophe toward which our world is headed…will be unavoidable…We are still incapable of understanding that the only genuine backbone of our actions—if they are to be moral—is responsibility: responsibility to something higher than my family, my country, my firm, my success, responsibility to the order of being where all our actions are indelibly recorded and where, and only where, they will be judged.” The whole speech and attitude of Havel was critiqued by Noam Chomsky in a letter to Alexander Cockburn. Without repeating a Hegelian thesis, antithesis, synthesis debate I prefer to recognize the “sympathy” “antipathy” that exists at all times from whatever quarter. Can we learn to live with this duality – oh there you go: can we learn to recognise these two aspects of our selves and others and to live in “synthesis”?
Is this aspect the deeper meaning of love?