'The little white lie that grew' – by Clive James

March 28, 2009 § Leave a comment

Link to the BBC article.

I love this article, not just because it is well written, but also because I find the subject an endlessly fascinating one: that subject, of course, of being human. Clive James describes the story as tragic, and the Greek term could not be more apt in this case. The Greek philosophers were lovers of humanity – in all our flaws, deficits and wondrous virtues. They were true philosophers.

The story of a man – a good man, a judge no less – who is brought down by the very principles he sought to uphold every day of his working life, brought down… by a speeding fine. It is nothing short of tragic and, at the same time, humourous that even the best of us are vulnerable to the dangers of being human. If there were no tragedies, there would be no comedies, and without either, life would be an exceedingly dull experience.

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