Quote of the Week: No Good Choices

“Except it wasn’t your cheek to turn, was it?”

“What do you mean?”

“I mean, if you hadn’t shot that guy — with his wife and his kids and his mom who loved him — he’d have thrown that grenade and killed every single one of us. Nicki. Jim. And your girlfriend Lady Liberty too.”

I looked away from him so he wouldn’t see me blushing. “Yeah,” I said. “I know.”

“I bet if you asked them, you’d find out they have moms too. Nicki and Jim. Meredith. They maybe all have moms.”

“Maybe even you,” I said.

“Well, let’s not jump to conclusions,” Palmer drawled.

I walked another moment in silence. It was a pretty miserable choice, you know. You either kill a guy or he kills your friends. Either the murderous rebels win or the murderous government. It was like the whole country was just one big series of bad choices.

If We Survive, YA novel by Andrew Klavan, p. 229

3 thoughts on “Quote of the Week: No Good Choices

    1. Well, I am a cynical ex-missionary, and this is the Misanthropic Quote of the Week …

      Seriously, I do wish more people realized more deeply that life often presents only a choice between unpalatable alternatives. Pastors, for example, are often in situations where there is really no good outcome to be had, but they are sure to be blamed if they cannot fix everything … and now we are being told that if any leader or political system is less than ideal, it is therefore worthless and should be blamed and excoriated. I think often people, especially young people, expect leaders to be able to make everything ideal, and view it as a betrayal when they inevitably can’t. We need to get over this. Hence, this book, written for young people, and hence me posting this quote.

      *climbs down off soapbox*
      *brings soapbox in for the night*
      *definitely bringing it out again tomorrow*


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