Joseph Brodsky on the Greatest Antidote to Evil

WebInvestigator.KK.org - by F. Kaskais

Bearskin by Maurice Sendak, from a special edition of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales

“What we regard as Evil is capable of a fairly ubiquitous presence if only because it tends to appear in the guise of good.”

“One has to assume that every man is a thinking reed and a noble nature, even if only part-time,” Mary McCarthy wrote to Hannah Arendt in their poignant correspondence about good, evil, and human nature. Looking back on ten years of Brain Pickings and the ten most important things I learned in this decade of reading, writing, and living, I not only agree with McCarthy wholeheartedly, but would raise her and insist that we must assume a basic human goodness in everyone, as an existential imperative. And yet evil undeniably exists. So how do we reconcile these parallel truths and continue to live with radiance not only undimmed…

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