Orcs

Posted: January 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

How then shall we live?     Over at Samson’s Jawbone, a great piece.    

“….

Tolkien has been roundly criticized on more than one occasion for presenting a world that is “Manichaean”: that is to say, in Middle-Earth pure good fights on one side, pure evil on the other, and we know which is which, and we know who we are supposed to root for. And we know this is unrealistic. Tolkien himself was aware of such criticisms, and in his personal letters, he admits that “of course, in real life, there are orcs on both sides.” Indeed there are. Are we emboldened to fight for our culture when we realize that half of “our culture” is on the Adversary’s side to begin with?…”

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