Sunday, August 22, 2004

Must we forgive everyone?

"No, I have no intention of forgiving everyone. Only those who have fallen. While the idol towers over us on his commanding eminence, his brow creased imperiously, smug and insensate, mutilating our lives--just let me have the heaviest stone! Or let a dozen of us seize a battering ram and knock him off his perch.

But once he is overthrown, once the first furrow of self-awareness runs over his face as he crashes to the ground--lay down your stones!

He is returning to humanity unaided.

Do not deny him this God-given way.

--The Gulag Archipelago Volume 3

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