Friday, February 15, 2008

A Question

Question:  Who is the most obnoxious, Protestants, Catholics, or Jews?

Answer:  It depends on where you are and who you are talking to — though it is hard to conceive of any one of the three consistently outdoing the other two in obnoxiousness.  Yet, as obnoxious as are all three, none is as murderous as the autonomous self who, believing in nothing, can fall prey to ideology and kill millions of people — unwanted people, old people, sick people, useless people, unborn people, enemies of the state — and do so reasonably, without passion, even decently, certainly without the least obnoxiousness.
— from Lost in the Cosmos, by Walker Percy

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