Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
Years ago, I read a rather graphic account of the sacrifice of babies in the ancient Near East. I wish I had not read it. I find it disturbing at this moment even though I read it decades ago.
The sacrifice of babies is shocking to me. It leads me to wonder how many babies were vaporized in Hiroshima and in the fire-bombing on many Japanese and German cities. I understand that the nuclear attacks eliminated the need for the bloodbath that would have been the invasion of the Japanese home islands. Which was worse, nuclear bombs or the invasion? I have no idea, but I can say that the choice is between two horrific alternatives.
My point is this. To me, any discussion of morality or ethics that fails to begin with the moral horror that is war and the moral horror of child abuse is not worth reading. . What I see is that nothing about sexuality can possibly be as obscene as war.