J. Edward Chamberlin

Culture is always threatened by anarchy, as belief is by doubt. That’s the essential nature of both culture and belief, and it is protected by ceremony. Conflict is at the heart of the way language works, and therefore the way stories work as well. Ceremonies are the custodians of this; and the real power of ceremony is not in achieving peace, as Arnold hoped, but in embracing contradiction. Pluralism is a danger not because it creates conflicts, as he thought, but because it masks them.” (25)

–J. Edward Chamberlin. If this is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories? Pilgrim Press: Cleveland, 2003.

I found this quotation thanks to my old friend Georgette.


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