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“Those, however, who take their stand in the world in their very own freedom, who value the necessary action more highly than their own untarnished conscience and reputation, who are prepared to sacrifice a barren principle to a fruitful compromise or a barren wisdom of the middle way to a fruitful radicalism, should take heed lest precisely their presumed freedom ultimately cause them to fall. They will easily consent to the bad, knowing full well that it is bad, in order to prevent the worse, and no longer be able to recognize that precisely the worse choice they wish to avoid may be the better one. Here lies the raw material of tragedy.” p. 80 Ethics

Another ethical orientation described by Bonhoeffer. I don’t want to get political here, but this is reminding me of President Bush saying, “I’ve abandoned free-market principles in order to save the free-market system”. It seems to me the ‘worse’ case scenario would have been better.


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