RE: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Slave analogy for public schools.

From: Alan Klein <alan_at_klein.net>
Date: Sun Oct 9 13:17:00 2005

Except that Ayn, as usual, was over-selling her point. Many of us take
"poisons" at various times to cure specific diseases or to eradicate pests.
As the EPA will tell you, it is a matter of acceptable limits on toxins, not
an all-or-nothing issue. As to "good" vs. "evil", the police regularly use
informants from the "evildoers'" side in order to achieve what they see as a
greater good. Again, the issue is not one of absolutes but one of, dare I
say it, compromise!

 

~Alan Klein

 

  _____

From: David Rovner
"There can be no compromise on moral principles. 'In any compromise

between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise

between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.' (Atlas Shrugged.)

The next time you are tempted to ask: 'Doesn't life require compromise ?'

translate that question into its actual meaning: 'Doesn't life require the

surrender of that which is true and good to that which is false and evil ?'

The answer is that that precisely is what life forbides -- if one wishes to

achieve anything but a stretch of tortured years spent in progressive

self-destruction."

 

[fragment, "Doesn't life require compromise ?", Ayn Rand -- The Virtue of
Selfishness.]
Received on Sun Oct 09 2005 - 13:16:07 EDT

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