Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Why choose? If all evil alternatives are the same...

So, I finally manage to get hold of the 'The man in the high castle' and complete it. It is frustrating when people borrow your books and dont return it. It is even more frustrating when you forget who that person is. But what caps it all is when people borrow a book when you are in the process of reading it, not bother to tell you and let you assume that you have lost it. I can be easily excused for using a few choice words to express my sincere opinions towards the person.

But this post is not about that. Its about a few passages that come right at the end of the book, that resonate very well with what happened in Mumbai a few days back. They are not spoilers of any kind so dont be afraid in case you plan to read the book in the future. Here goes...

"...The terrible dilemma of our lives. Whatever happens, it is evil beyond compare.  Why struggle, then? Why choose? If all evil alternatives are the same . . .

  Evidently we go on, as we always have. From day to day. At this moment we work against operation Dandelion. Later on, at another moment, we work to defeat the police. But we cannot do it all at once; it is a sequence. An unfolding process. We can only control the end by making a choice at each step. 
  
  He thought, We can only hope. And try.
  
  On some other world, possibly it is different. Better. There are clear good and evil alternatives. Not these obscure admixtures, these blends, with no proper tool by which to untangle the components.

  We do not have the ideal world, such as we would like, where morality is easy because cognition is easy. Where one can do right with no effort because he can detect the obvious......"


2 comments:

Slave Of the Dark said...

your follow up post to the one on mumbai events is a nicely composed and very well thought out piece of work (this applies to all ur posts, no dont expect me to mention this again :P)guess its time to also pick on one of the alternatives that we can choose and act upon it...wat say?

raju said...

@slave - dude if you are referring to this post, its all snipped from the book i have referred to...but if you are referring to the awesome way in which i have linked it to the current situation..thanks ;) ..