#214 August 2.

#214 August 2.

As far as I’m concerned, heroism is the poetic component of taking such a risk.
Your allusion to game theory is correct, but to me it’s like saying “A flower is
not a thing of beauty; it’s a mechanism selected because it attracts pollinating
insects.” If I accept the premise that heroism applies to any sort of human
behavior, then I am willing to apply it to the Haitian refugees. In relative
terms, anyway, each and every one of them is more heroic than I’ve ever been.

My point is simply that I do not consider rational analysis sufficient in the
treatment of moral or esthetic issues.

It’s far too easy to use abstract analysis as a way to avoid confronting moral
issues. My reaction is visceral.

-Paul Callahan

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