Cruelty, Irony and Justice

Mason Olds

What is needed in a world that has far too much cruelty, pain, and suffering?  How can we be inspired to become more autonomous and less cruel when appeals to a supernatural authority no longer works for us? … I … suggest that some sources of inspiration for Unitarian Universalist ironists are intelligent and sensitive plays, novels, and TV scripts.  We need fictional works that reveal how particular sorts of people are cruel to other particular sorts of people.  We need works that exhibit the blindness of a certain kind of person to the pain experienced by another kind of people.  Such woks my assist us in noticing what we have been doing in our private efforts for autonomy, that has caused us to be unaware of the pain and humiliation we cause others—especially those near and dear to us.

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