...however we order our varied loyalties, we should still be sure that we recognize the worth of human life wherever it occurs and see ourselves bound by common human abilities and problems to people who lie at a great distance from us.
– Martha Nussbaum.

A particular representation might be valid. ‘Affront’ or ‘outrage’ might be a rational reaction. Actual harm may have been inflicted on real people and the reporting may be entirely trustworthy. But we must not allow the quickening of our blood to override rationality.

I do not advocate an absence of moral sensibility, rather a proactive hesitance to suffer offence, for if we are to ever become true ‘citizens of the world’ we must first learn to employ a new language, a new rhetoric, within our everyday lives. read more »

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