Refuse the Monster

David Berlinski once wrote, “In the early days of the German advance into Eastern Europe,” (his words here edited for space), “Nazi extermination squads would sweep into villages.  On one such occasion somewhere in Eastern Europe, an SS officer watched languidly as a bearded Hasidic Jew dug his own grave.  Standing up, the Hasidic man addressed his executioner.  ‘God is watching what you are doing,’ he said.  And then he was shot dead.” “If moral imperatives are not commanded by God’s will,” Berlinski argued, “and if they are not in some sense absolute, then what ought to be is a … Continue reading Refuse the Monster