Letters | Sunday, 08 March 2009

Fiasco at the Cathedral

Objectivity is key in the recent controversial project proposed for St John’s Co-Cathedral (and indeed in all problems that we desire to solve rationally). Passion, no matter how well-intentioned, certainly does not facilitate objectivity.
We live in a world of free speech. If you wish to stand on the rooftops and scream out how much you hate this project, then do. It is not only your right but also your duty. A democracy should not be scared of dissent.
That said, I think we all realise that politicians cannot listen to every voice on every topic. But that’s OK, because we already have a solution: one that gives not only objectivity, but also certainty. It’s called an expert!
The expert comes in to inform us ordinary citizens of the facts. Facts! Those unquestionable truths not clouded by passionate subjectivity.
What have we gained from not allowing the opportunity to carry out an expert study? Certainly not objectivity or truth!


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