More excerpts by Charles Krauthammer. Take a look at “Of Dogs and Men” as an example of the touching, insightful, and thoughtful writing produced by this longtime editorialist.
- And yet even God cannot match the cruelty of his creation. For every Santorini, there are a hundred massacres of innocents. And that is the work of man, more particularly, the work of politics, of groups of men organized to gain and exercise power.
- It meant viewing certainty with suspicion and acknowledging, with both regret and resolve, the imperfectability of man, the fallibility of institutions, and the tragic, rather than redemptive, nature of history.
- But is that not precisely the point? It took a 19th century man, traditional in habit, rational in thought, conservative in temper, to save the 20th century from itself.
- The catastrophe that awaits everyone from a single false move, wrong turn, fatal encounter. Every life has such a moment. What distinguishes us is whether, and how, we ever come back. (See the lessons in “The Seven Deadly Sins of Happiness”)
- The human propensity to test the worthiness of a thing by seeing how well it stands up to abuse, the instinct to kick the tires on a used car, is ancient, and if Yeats is to be trusted, occasionally charming habit. It can also be painful.
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