Friday, January 18, 2008

Grim and soulless

I found this little nugget in a CBS News online obituary of chess champion Bobby Fischer:

The event had tremendous symbolic importance, pitting the intensely individualistic young American against a product of the grim and soulless Soviet Union.

Note, this article was not an opinion piece. Interesting that, the Cold War now being over, journalists are nonetheless permitted by their editors to refer to the Soviet Union as "grim and soulless" as if it were substantiated fact.

(Oh, no, I feel an uncontrollable urge to pontificate on the meaning of the word "soul"; whether nations, or any other inanimate objects, can have soul in the first place; the Jehovah's Witness belief that the soul and the body are inseparable; the ongoing dispute among theologians and philosophers as to whether humans have souls; and differences among Christians, Buddhists and Hindus as to which non-human entities may have souls.)

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