We live in a time of the Americanization of fear. “There are barbarians at the gates,” run the headlines. But the problem is not the rude and hirsute. It’s the fearful man—cornered.
Anger is a judgment in the head that creates a felt equivalency in the body. This energetic excess jumps back ‘upstairs’ to validate the thought that created it. Call it the ouroboros effect.
If you want to prolong something, be against it.
A point of view is utterly benign, as natural as a pelican on a post. Opinions are different. An opinion is an urgent, opportunistic malevolency, a gimlet-eyed mental formation spoiling for a fight.
Institutional violence kills vastly more people than criminals do. War is conceived and executed by the sane and sober, by institutions whose chief feature is conformity.
Is there anything more dispiriting than sameness?