The eleventh chapter of The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace contains Albert Camus‘ 1946 essay Neither Victims nor Executioners. This week we discuss the sixth part of the essay, The World Speeds Up. Camus wrote this 16-page essay as World War II had just ended, and it seemed as if the Soviet Union and the United States were dragging the planet into the horrors of a third world war. Eleven years later, he would win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
As the title of this section suggests, Camus looks at how the speed of innovation is increasingly outpacing its being put into practice. He gives examples from the recent wars and political systems putting into place ideas of a generation, or century, past: Continue reading Camus’ Neither Victims nor Executioners: The World Speeds Up