Freedom of speech . . . is useless if it is only selectively enjoyed, and if it is not combined with appropriate responsibility. If "freedom of speech" is to be rehabilitiated as a useful concept, it needs to be set within a larger context of social and cultural wisdom. We have to find a way through the postmodern morass, not in order to go back to Enlightenment modernism, but in order to go through and out the other side into the construction of a new world of civility and mature public life. For this, freedom of speech has to be reciprocal; it needs the disciplines of interaction, of patient listening and attention.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Today's Challenge: Use "Morass" in a Sentence
Check out what N. T. Wright, bishop of Durham and genuine genius, had to say to the House of Lords last week: