All posts tagged: War

In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays by Bertrand Russell

In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays is, as the name reveals, a collection of essays written by Bertrand Russell. It was originally published in 1935. In the eponymous essay, Russell questions a central idea on which our society rests upon – the inherent value of work. This was a radical notion in 1935 and remains equally radical today although discussions on reducing the number of work hours do arise from time to time but they are often dismissed as unrealistic…

Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag

Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag was published in 2003, only a year before Sontag died. In the book, which in some ways can be described as a longer essay, Sontag discusses the relationship between war, violence and photography. Is it possible to grow accustomed, and even indifferent, to images of war and suffering? And if so, what happens when we no longer react to such pictures?