Monday, April 15, 2013

The world we live in

Listening to news on Fire, coverage of Boston Marathon explosions. Terrorists.

For some reason as soon as I learned about this, two titles popped into my head, both written over half a century ago.

--The True Believer by Eric Hoffer (the longshoreman philosopher), about fanatics and their dangerous consequences;
--The Quiet American by Graham Greene, about the passionate do-gooder, in this case an American "saving" Vietnam from communism.

Each speaks about the mental climates in which horrors like this thrive. Sadly, despite all the security for a major event, a number of bombs were planted. Security failed.

This is the world we live in.

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