Thursday, April 19, 2007
Confronted with inexplicable evil, people resort to various forms of sanctity. The dead are sanctified so Simon Cowell is charged with disrespect because he rolled his eyes at the wrong moment and a student is arrested because he made remarks that were 'deemed sympathetic' to the killer. Belief itself is sanctified so that atheists are accused of not caring and fringe faiths rush to make their case through counselling, a contemporary sacrament. The self is sanctified in opposition to the exculpatory explanations of science. All that is consistent is the need for sanctity in the face of the unknowable.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 11:12 am