Disturbances can be positive
2:54pm Monday 21st January 2013 in Letters
MY MY, Tom McCarthy has let the totalitarian cat out of the Christian bag when he states: “for society to be healthy and happy, those that continually disturb its peace must be dealt with.” (South Wales Argus January 12th 2013). By “dealt with” we can presume by being punished as ordained in the Bible? (or maybe by being arrested, fined, imprisoned or indeed executed?) This is the fate of many thousands of people fighting injustice and oppression worldwide.
Surely social change for the better e.g. women’s suffrage, shorter working week, anti-slavery etc has been obtained by “continually disturbing the peace?” Unless you believe in authoritarianism all governments must be actively challenged. Society evolves by such action and we ignore the dialectic at our peril.
Terry Banfield Cardigan Crescent Croesyceiliog