Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Ignorance is our worst enemy

"Any creative encounter with evil requires that we not distance ourselves from it by simply demonizing those who commit evil acts. In order to write about evil, a writer has to try to comprehend it, from the inside out; to understand the perpetrators and not necessarily sympathize with them. But Americans seem to have a very difficult time recocgnizing that there is a distinction between understanding and sympathizing... when it comes to coping with evil, ignorance is our worst enemy."
- Kathleen Norris