A Sign of Hope?.

Via Kim I just spent the last thirty minutes reading The Day Reality Hit Home, a three-part piece on the UK’s Guardian website. This is a first-person story of how a writer for the ├╝ber-liberal newspaper had his entire worldview changed after September 11, 2001. It is very much worth your time. I’m quite amazed that The Guardian published it.

For me, the key passage is this one:

A society that places great emphasis on respecting others has next to nothing to say about protecting others.

…my stepdaughter was set upon in a busy high street by a gang of teenagers in an unprovoked attack. Scores of adults looked on and not one of them did or said anything to help. When she described how grown-up faces turned away from her as kicks and punches flew, I could only conclude that everyone was waiting. They were waiting for society to change, for it to become less unfair, with more equitable wealth distribution, so that street violence would miraculously disappear. They were waiting for schools to improve, and more youth centres to be built, and better housing. Or they were waiting for the police, the police who ought to be everywhere at all times but who should also maintain a low profile. Or perhaps they were just waiting for somebody else, anybody but themselves.

Read the whole thing:

Part I

Part II

Part III

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