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1825 Fri 15 Sep 2001

I spent a few hours this morning reading "The Australian". There was lots of good information on terrorist groups and the World Trade Center. In general I thought it was good, including the editorial. The editorial got me thinking, particularly this sentence: "This assertion and acceptance by a minority that there is only one truth, one belief or one right way to live produced the carnage we have witnessed this week."

During the afternoon I spent a few hours gathering wood in the valley. I kept thinking about it and composed a "letter to the editor".

I was back at 1600 to see a replay of Richmond's game against Carlton. They played much better than last week, with fantastic intensity, leading nearly all day and winning by about two goals. That means they will be playing Brisbane next week, in Brisbane, for the preliminary final.

Here is the letter on the editorial:

I often hear that "the first casualty in war is truth". But I was surprised by the assault on the concept of truth, in Saturday's editorial: "This assertion and acceptance by a minority that there is only one truth, one belief or one right way to live produced the carnage we have witnessed this week." While there may be different beliefs about what the truth is, surely there can only be one truth. The world may rally to a cause, such as "murder and suicide are always wrong". But it would be absurd to rally people to fight for the cause: "there is no cause worth fighting for".

John Lilburne, Email: jr@romanrite.com, Melbourne, Vic.

 

Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 15 September 2001.

 

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www.theaustralian.com.au - today's editorial