Burying the Dead
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Why, may I ask, is it necessary to praise the dead? I know the cliche of not speaking ill of them. I'm aware that it's frightfully bad manners. However, the requirement that we speak only well of those who have passed away results in grotesque mythologies
being built up around mediocrities and villains. William F. Buckley opposed the Civil Rights Movement, thought poor people should lose the right to vote, and wanted to purge the academy of liberals. Why must I remain silent while others prattle on about what a wonderful person he was? A person who smiles while murdering another remains a murderer, however charming that smile may be.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 1:25 PM
you don't want the dead to become vampires.
By Anastasia, at 5:26 PM
By Arbitrista, at 9:58 PM
Oh god, Buckley as a vampire... not that he wasn't, but to contemplate a future with him as an immortal... yikes!
By Belle, at 4:39 PM
I do know what you mean though. When Reagan died, and the media went nuts over him, I was in a constant state of disbelief and nausea.
Let's just let 'em die, and be done with it. No lauds needed.