Saturday, October 04, 2008

Trig, Turning the Tide

Trig, Turning the Tide
An infant’s impact.

By Dennis Teti

What is it about powerless infants that brings out the best and the worst in human beings? I ask, naturally, because of the astonishing responses to Trig, Sarah Palin’s baby, who has Down Ssyndrome. What can we learn from the warm public response — and the antipathy of powerful elites?

Socrates, in Plato’s Republic, told a story that sheds some light on the issue. A shepherd found a ring that made him invisible. Under complete concealment, the shepherd recognized that he now had the power to do anything he desired, “an equal to a god among men.” He made himself king, released criminals from jails, and committed murders, adulteries, robberies, and every conceivable kind of crime. Socrates suggested that some human beings use the power of rhetoric in the same way, covering their injustices up with attractive myths. With the power to commit injustices and conceal them behind rhetoric, Socrates wondered, would anyone willingly act according to justice?Modern science can serve a purpose much like that of the shepherd’s ring......................

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2 comments:

Cleo said...

The part that I love the most about this remarkable article is: "The core truth, they declared, was that all human beings were created by God and Nature with equal rights, including the rights to live, remain free, and pursue happiness". I believe in this truth with all my heart!!!. Thank you so much for this post Tara. :)

Lisa said...

Tara, thank you so much for posting that article. If you don't mind, I'm going to post it on my blog as well and use it as a springboard for some things that have been on my mind in that regard for a while.