Commonplace Book #14

A complex view of history must necessarily reincorporate in it lovely and creditable things, simply because the record attests to them, as well as to venality and hypocrisy and vulgarity.  It is clearly true that the reflex of disparagement is no more compatible with rigorous inquiry than the impulse to glorify.  And it is simply priggish to treat ambiguity  as a synonym for corruption.

Marilynne Robinson, The Death of Adam, 26

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  1. She seems to have a strong conviction about this subject, but I am not sure I understand her statement completely. I would guess that the longer contextual passage in her book would clarify things a bit. In other words, an example or two would help me grasp what she believes.


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