This week I’ve been much more interested in reading then writing.
Last month for my grandfather’s 90th birthday I bought him a copy of Richard Clarke’s spy thriller Breakpoint. Normally I never read fiction (on television fiction is fine but it somehow seems a waste of time when in print) but for some reason I bought myself a copy and read it over the last few days. A main theme in the book dealt with how people might / will react to emerging biotechnologies that challenge our understandings of what it means to be human. That plotline made the book interesting to me as I have some minor background with the issue.
Yesterday and today I read Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited, first published in 1949. How, Thurman asks, do subjugated people respond to issues such as fear, deception, hate and love in light of the Gospel teachings of Jesus. Life, he argues, is complicated but in the end only love and equality will finally save all of us – oppressed and oppressor alike. 58 years after first being published the book does not feel dated.