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Voltaire99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-15-06 03:43 AM
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25. Well, I'm sympathetic...
...having often felt during these past several years as you describe. Still, we must find new reasons for joy.

Hoping for the return of "the old America" is fruitless. An ethos has passed from us and a new, crass, violent, material age is here: a time of stupid marvels, base mystics, idiot princes, soldier-rapists, CEO cannibals, religious vampires, and useless politicians of every stripe.

Later a new America may be possible to create, not immediately but in the future after the present crises have left their terrible mark. Understanding that this re-creation is only partly in our hands and largely in those of forces beyond our control is, I would gently submit, one step toward being free of gloom.

Another is this: history is a trickster, you never know where it will lead. It can be unkind both to tyrants and idealists. Historical crises also remake how men and women think. I don't think, for instance, that the present banal American identity of I-Got-Mine is going to survive the next few years; too much is waiting to smash it, and it will turn into I-Lost-Mine. There is a chance, anyway, that what emerges after this chastening will be an improvement.

Meantime, as Candide says, we must tend our garden. Revivify yourself, Blues90, in whatever personal way makes sense, and good luck.
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