25 02 2009
I’m reading John Gray’s “Enlightenment’s Wake.” The only other book I’ve read by him is “Straw Dogs,” which effected me deeply. “Enlightenment’s Wake” hasn’t gotten its hold on me, save for this passage I read last night, thinking specifically to the ongoing battle over Prop 8:
We are most likely to enjoy an enduring liberty if we moderate our demands on each other and learn to put up with our differences. We will then compromise when we cannot agree, reach a settlement––always provisional, never final––rather than stand on our (in any case imaginary) human rights. Oddly enough, we will find that it is by tolerating our differences that we come to discover how much we have in common. It is in the give and take of politics, rather than the adjudications of the courts, that toleration is practised and the common life renewed.