Notebook

Right & Wrong

I always try, on this day, to re-read Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral. As a student I had a walk-on part in an amateur production. The advantage of having seen – and heard – a play many times, is that salient phrases stick in one’s mind. Timeless is Thomas’s observation:

The last temptation is the greatest treason: / To do the right deed for the wrong reason.

More than ever, however, I am struck by the warning that follows:

Servant of God has chance of greater sin / And sorrow, than the man who serves a king. / For those who serve the greater cause / may make the cause serve them.

Which may God forbid.