I believe we do have an alternative to the desperation that fuels our fear of nuclear war. That alternative is, quite simply, the need to reclaim the significance of the trivial. For it is my belief that there is no more powerful response to totalitarians than to take the time to reclaim life from their power. By refusing to let them claim every aspect of our life as politically significant, we create the space and time that makes politics humane. Therefore there is noting more important for us to do in the face of the threat of nuclear war than to go on living - that is, to take time to enjoy a walk with a friend, to read all of Trollope’s novels, to maintain universities, to have and care for children, and most importantly, to worship God. (p. 256-257)It's quite possible that this approach is quite close to my love for Chesterton as well. Actually trying to live a human life is often the most subversive political action you can take.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Here's a great little quotation from a great little blog article on one of Hauerwas' many essays. Here, Hauerwas is discussing the effect of nuclear weapons and the resultant culture of fear on our moral lives. Instead of political polarization, his suggestion is much more... Chestertonian.