In short piece for The American Scholar, William Deresiewicz reflects on the holy words of a (supposedly) secular culture. These are words, Deresiewicz suggests, that are “possessed of something like magical powers, a kind of ideological open sesame.” He lists freedom, equality, and justice as examples. Of course, one could argue that some of these words have a long history in the Judeo-Christian tradition, but that criticism aside, what are some other “holy” secular words? Clunky as it is, open-mindedness is certainly one.
Monday, June 17, 2013, 11:12 AM