"Because we remain human beings, despite the best efforts of our enemies to get past that fact, we can also visualize the pain and the suffering and the horror that are the essential parts of the bomber's objectifying obliteration. This intellectual leap, sadly, is the great strength of what Northrop Frye called the educated imagination. If we've learned to share the strong feelings of characters in War and Peace and Madame Bovary, how can we not also identify with the sufferings in our own time and place?" ~~ John Allemang, "Can the liberal arts cure jihadists?", Globe and Mail, September 3, 2010
Monday, February 09, 2015
Quote for the day: the danger of an educated imagination
Quoted in a post of September 2010.