Monday, November 19, 2012
Editor's Note: Due to intermittent travel, posting here may be somewhat irregular (and response time to email and comments longer than usual) for the next couple of weeks.
I enjoyed a story in the New York Times about Amtrak's Quiet Cars as a battleground in the modern culture wars, especially the following, penultimate, paragraph:
When the train came to my stop I had to walk by his seat again on my way out. "Glad we could come to a peaceful coexistence," I said as I passed. He raised a finger to stay me a moment. "There are no conflicts of interest," he pronounced, "between rational men." This sounded like a questionable proposition to me, but I appreciated the conciliatory gesture. The quote turns out to be from Ayn Rand. I told you we talked like this in the Quiet Car.Should more of us who understand the value of solitude speak up when appropriate, like this man did, we have hope: Rather than being the last of our kind, we can be the first of its return.