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    ambiguity is not moral equivalence. A continuum is not a slope. Evil is a word. That Bakerís mature and searching study should be met with such hostility is not merely unfortunate; ...
    these sentences seem having no relation, what they want to say?

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    Hi everyone
    Please somebody help me understand the meaning of this text
    ambiguity is not moral equivalence. A continuum is not a slope. Evil is a word. That Bakerís mature and searching study should be met with such hostility is not merely unfortunate; ...
    these sentences seem having no relation, what they want to say?
    I can see no connection between them at all. I can only assume that the first 3 sentences are all contained in "Baker's mature and searching study". We are not told what that study was, or what other conclusions he came to.

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    Default Re: Please somebody help me understand the meaning of this text

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I can see no connection between them at all. I can only assume that the first 3 sentences are all contained in "Baker's mature and searching study". We are not told what that study was, or what other conclusions he came to.
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    Early in Human Smoke, Baker quotes diary entries that reveal how he relished his friendship with Hitler in a manner that recalls the pining of fatherless child. Later, in 1941, Goebbels would write: ďthe world war is here, and the annihilation of the Jews must be a necessary consequence.Ē Is this disputed? Certainly not by Nicholson Baker.
    Moral ambiguity is not moral equivalence. A continuum is not a slope. Evil is a word. That Bakerís mature and searching study should be met with such hostility is not merely unfortunate; it betrays an acute apprehension that in turn masks a deeper need for assurance. Scored in the human condition is a marrow-deep craving for the solace of a Manichean duality that never existed, and never will. To slake this need, a story is repeated, rhetorical snares are set. A refuge is erected. Those who are troubled are given cover.

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