I do not know if I have learned enough in the past decade to justify the life I have lived. I have watched, even when I didn’t want to watch. I have written in defence of causes I knew to be hopeless. Of course, at times I have given in to hopelessness when, if only for the sake of victims, perhaps I should have soldiered on. Who hasn’t? The moral test of being an onlooker at other people’s tragedies is one that few of us are likely to pass reliably.
—David Rieff, A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis
Today at 3pm at PS1: Journalist David Rieff, author of books on immigration, international conflict, and humanitarianism will detail the proposed solutions to the world food crisis, and the serious difficulties with each.
Rieff’s lecture is part of Triple Canopy’s Speculations (“The future is___”), fifty days of lectures, discussions, and debates about the future as part of EXPO 1: New York.