Second in a chapter of ...an evening among the jewish "progressives"
Several months back I lightly described a great dinner in which there was a first sensing of my neolithic leanings among the intellectual and academic, and btw, wonderful people we hang with.
Last night I was priveledged to be at a more formal gathering (at which the entire group was jewish, and believe me when I tell you academically AND professionally accomplished) which began when one member was invited to comment on inspirations he felt at the recent Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) service. There were three, and the last was related to a meeting with Bishop Desmond Tutu, who apparently expressed his disappointment with the american people for their lack of outrage over the tortures visited upon ????? (enter victim name) by the Bush admin.
This caused a general expression of quizzicalness around the table with the lack of the same outrage and an assumption at the table that this represented a consensus. The consensus was, in my mind that Bush was promulgating torture, that we were torturing, that the recent fight in congress was between those who wanted to torture and those who didn't, and that it was incomprehensible that the american people were not aghast.
These are all first rate people as both friends and acquaintainces.
The executive of the group as the expressions finally seemed to exhaust themselves, invited at this moment any other feelings.
My lack of self control met the moment.