War etc

Season’s Greetings and no goodwill from men?

In an interview about the forthcoming film adaptation of his book The Road, Cormac McCarthy leaves us with this cheery thought:

“There’s no such thing as life without bloodshed,” he believes. “The notion that the species can be improved in some way, that everyone could live in harmony, is a really dangerous idea. Those who are afflicted with this notion are the first ones to give up their souls, their freedom. Your desire that it be that way will enslave you and make your life vacuous.”

Prompting The Observer’s interviewer to leave with the cheery note “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”

Evidence suggests that McCarthy is unjustifiably pessimistic. While we can be dismissive of foolish notions of pacificism and wishful thinking when it comes to violent organisations and individuals; hoping man can improve his behaviour towards others is not a dangerous idea. It is surely essential?