- The question whether the disputed pencil belongs to Tommy or Charles is quite distinct from the question which is the nicer little boy, and the parents who allowed the one to influence their decision about the other would be very unfair. (It would be still worse if they said Tommy ought to let Charles have the pencil whether it belonged to him or not, because this would show he had a nice disposition. That may be true, but it is an untimely truth. An exhortation to charity should not come as rider to a refusal of justice. It is likely to give Tommy a lifelong conviction that charity is a sanctimonious dodge for condoning theft and whitewashing favouritism.) We need therefore by no means assume that the Psalmists are deceived or lying when they assert that, as against their particular enemies at some particular moment, they are completely in the right. Their voices while they say so may grate harshly on our ear and suggest to us that they are unamiable people. But that is another matter. And to be wronged does not commonly make people amiable.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
We read different things when traveling than when at home. For me, this means both smaller, more portable volumes, and things written in a pick-up-and-put-down style that is amenable to quick changes. For the trip to Vegas I had My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber and Reflections on the Psalms by CS Lewis. From the latter, discussing "judgement," and the seeming self-righteousness of the psalmists. Italics mine.
Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at 10:44 PM