Generous Orthodoxy  

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Does this remind you of anyone?

In Orhan Pamuk's important novel about religious strife in eastern Turkey, Snow, he describes a meeting of revolutionary leaders who “sat down with an easy confidence known only to those for whom it has become second nature to decide other people’s fates.”

Philip Gourevitch expresses a similar thought in a somewhat different way in his book about the Rwandan genocide, in which he writes that having power over another person [or group] means forcing them to inhabit your story of their reality.