If everything happens as it must, where’s the sense in saying, “This should never have happened.”? Or: “This is unacceptable!” The word heaps of politics and religion may be understood as reaction formations whereby opposing tendencies are exaggerated and vilified. Ego needs its enemies.
We are exhorted to make a choice, pick a side, don a colour, follow a leader, take a stand. But isn’t the penny in my pocket two-sided? Am I not headed and tailed?
Studies indicate that there is a decline in the trust we have in our public institutions—civil, religious and otherwise. Let’s not be in a hurry to say this is a bad thing.
There are two kinds of men’s groups—violent and non-violent.
OK, so basically just one group.
There are a few idols to smash, a past to jettison, before we’re ready for Whitman’s question. “After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on—have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear—what remains?”