While worrying about 2018 and their jobs what they should be worrying about is something else entirely. As the Italian poet, Dante Alighieri has said,
“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
Now we are in a time of great moral crisis, in particular a time of great failure of ethical leadership. And the Republicans, who are a huge part of the failure, are doing nothing about it. Instead they are hell bent, as they say, on maintaining their neutrality, in particular their complete passivity before the untruths and unethical (absence of) leadership of their President (our President too, at least for the moment).
The Republicans are, many of them, Evangelicals, in other words true believers, who turn to the Bible, an ancient text with very little relevant to say about modern life, for guidance as to how to live themselves (and what I find shocking, how others, other people should live, as if they were not able to choose for themselves).
These true believers go about their lives pretty much ignorant of modern science, and much else, with little or no knowledge of the fabulous scientific discoveries of the past few hundred years. This accounts in part for the failure of ethical leadership because such depends upon how much we have understood of our true nature, and the source of this knowledge is most often from our reading of science, history, and literature, and not from the pages of church dogma.
Furthermore, being true believers the Republicans may very well believe in Hell. And if so they must realize (do they?) as Dante Alighieri points out, what’s in store for them? That is, their own place in the hottest places? But even this is not enough to turn them around, flip them, as they say.
Hell Scene (Amsterdam)
Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1601
The Daily Pnut of July 10, 2018 was my idea source for this Blog.
SEASONED NUTS: QUOTABLE
“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” – Dante Alighieri
“Hell is truth seen too late.” – Thomas Hobbes