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Wednesday, 11 September 2013


Mannie Sherberg
Elan is -- characteristically -- correct. It's just the way human beings are. Subject them to a steady diet of outrages and, sooner or later, a kind of spiritual sluggishness or moral malaise, what the theologians call "acedia" -- a torpor of the soul -- sets in. Call it, in plain English, outrage overload -- a piling-on of more outrages than one can handle. When a whole society is afflicted with acedia, those few holdouts who continue to feel outraged are dismissed as cranks or even hysterics. My guess is that we're going to see a lot more of this moral fatigue in the next three years -- as the Obama-caused outrages multiply and proliferate. The Left, surely, is depending on -- and looking forward to -- this happening, because the ensuing apathy will only make their job easier. If eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, when acedia sets in, vigilance is the first thing to go. From the standpoint of those who wish to deprive us of our liberties, nothing could be better.

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