Quote of the Day - I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
If you ever wanted to understand a Supreme Court justice, and in particular Justice Clarence Thomas, then Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas gives you the insight that can only come from what appears to be a careful and long investigation into the inner workings of the man, his life and background, all ostensibly to understand his stance on the issues.
It starts with the pain he, Anita Hill and the rest of the country went through in his confirmation hearings. It ends with a thin ray of light for Justice Thomas and all of us. Dark in a deep way, the book paints a gloomy picture, almost bereft of hope at times.
As a lawyer, it offers an insight not normally afforded. As a country, it's an insight I'm not sure we want.
The book lifts the roof off one of the Chambers of the Supreme Court, but it doesn't ask the question whether we should look inside. There's a certain distance we seem to have ignored between our leaders and decision-makers, a distance lost long ago when Woodward & Bernstein peered inside Watergate and found Nixon wanting.
MIPTC doesn't advocate a return to Camelot and the blissful ignorance a pandering media offered us, but there is a respect for some level of privacy we may want to consider offering to those in power, and to ourselves. Yes, we need a critical look at the legislation, decisions and choices made by our government leaders, but tempered with respect for their privacy, which this book tears away from Justice Thomas.
What we expect for ourselves, we may want to consider providing to everyone.