Tuesday, March 24, 2009
There are a fair number of intelligent people in the world. A not insignificant portion of these utilize some routine mechanism (e.g. a blog) for sharing their learning with other people. But at least some of these people are so caught up in hand-wringing, navel-gazing, and nuance-finding that it is truly surprising that they manage to get out of bed in the morning. That, or they have given themselves over to being indulgently obnoxious and simply maintain the guise of nuanced hand wringing out of habit or convenience. Let us point, as a prime example, to the majority of the legal nawobs who post at Mirror of Justice (I won't link them---I would prefer not to shackle myself to trackbacks). "Oh difficulty! Oh the moral uncertainty and decrepitude of everything and everyone except myself! Oh how insightful are my inconclusive forays into ameteur moral theology!" Day in and day out, that's almost all there is, the chattering of a room full of Anthony Kennedy clones (with a touch more moral judgmentalism thrown in). Prof. Garnett is the exception, of course, but it only demonstrates his charity all the more that he stays associated with people who cannot cease talking about how they cannot see beyond their own noses.