December 8, 2005

OT: Pinter Speech [4:30 pm]

(Sorry - deadlines — this will probably be all I can post today)

I had a funny experience today at lunch. I noted an article in the NYTimes stating that Harold Pinter had accepted his Nobel yesterday, and I mentioned to my colleagues how pleased I was that he had won. While I like to think of myself as reasonably well-rounded for an engineer, I have generally been unfamiliar with the name, not to mention the work, of most recent laureates, and I was happy not only to know the name of this one, but also to be a fan of his work.

My colleagues had a simple explanation — “you’re old.”

Maybe that’s true. But, even though it’s not directly on topic here, his speech is certainly worth reading - it will make you think, whether you agree or not. And, I hope, it will motivate you to do something about the fact that a great artist sees us in this light: Harold Pinter - Nobel Lecture

I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory.

If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us - the dignity of man.

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