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Sunday, December 31, 2006

rushdie

This is a small bit from a commencement speech that Salman Rushdie gave at Nova Southeastern University...

"In 1938, E.M. Forster wrote this, in Two Cheers for Democracy. "If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country." Which is to say that "elective affinities"--Goethe's term for the allegiances we choose, rather than those which are foisted upon us--are the basis upon which each of us may construct a valuable, moral, and free self, if only we find in ourselves the courage to do so."

I liked it, that is all

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