Πέμπτη 21 Ιουλίου 2016

"the tragedy of an unexamined life"

"Cultures have tried to teach a malign and apparently persuasive lie: that the most important metric of a good life is wealth and the luxury and power it brings. The rich think they live better when they are even richer. In America and many other places they use their wealth politically, to persuade the public to elect or accept leaders who will do that for them. They say that the justice we have imagined is socialism that threatens our freedom. Not everyone is gullible: many people lead contended lives without wealth. But many others are persuaded; they vote for low taxes to keep the jackpot full in case they too can win it, even though that is a lottery they are almost bound to lose. Nothing better illustrates the tragedy of an unexamined life: there are no winners in this macabre dance of greed and delusion. No respectable or even intelligible theory of value supposes that making and spending money has any value or importance in itself and almost everything people buy with that money lacks any importance as well. The ridiculous dream of a princely life is kept alive by ethical sleepwalkers. And they in turn keep injustice alive because their self-contempt breeds a politics of contempt for others. Dignity is indivisible."

Από το βιβλίο του σπουδαίου:

Ronald Dworkin, "Justice for Hedgehogs", The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011, p. 422.

Δεν θα διαφωνούσα ούτε σε μία λέξη, στο ανωτέρω κείμενο...

Οι φωτογραφίες είναι από τη National Gallery, Washington DC - τις είχα τραβήξει τον Απρίλιο του 2014.

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