17 August 2008

Mostly I say Yes

David Foster Wallace has some questions I like.
Are some things still worth dying for? Is the American idea* one such thing? Are you up for a thought experiment? What if we chose to regard the 2,973 innocents killed in the atrocities of 9/11 not as victims but as democratic martyrs, “sacrifices on the altar of freedom”?
He keeps it brief. But there are footnotes, of course: see that asterisk?

1 comment:

inflectionpoint said...

I am more interested in what is worth living for. Living is hard hard work. What are you willing to live for?