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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle just disappeared from the blog. Sorry!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

We Lost A Long Time Ago


I am no longer sure who "we" are, either. Few seem to care about this country. As long as they have their smart phones and game boxes, as long as there is Twitter and other distractions, whatever happens to the country is unimportant.

I am reading a book; a novel in two parts by Stephen King called Under The Dome  and I am seeing any number of parallels between the story and the reality around me. There are many differences also. And do not think the TV series follows the book, it doesn't. Some of the differences are unimportant, some might be improvements over the novel, and a number are simply the result of the influence of television. The town of Chester's Mill is a microcosm of the country but you have to have a broader perspective, you have to ignore some things and maybe even see some things not as they are portrayed but maybe as something quite the opposite.

I think we lost the country around the 70's. Maybe around the time Nixon was in office. I can't be sure. Countries do not collapse overnight. There is a trite adage that goes "Rome wasn't built in a day." Well, it didn't fall in one either. It took many decades, centuries, to collapse into unimportance. This is the modern era, however, and things move a bit more rapidly.

We are moving
inexorably toward the Decline and Fall of America. Fewer and fewer seem willing to stand up and be counted.

I am sad.



3 comments:

Joanne Noragon said...

I think we're all here to be counted, but not all in the same way, as it should be.

Tom Sightings said...

Hey, look at the bright side. At least you're not still stuck in traffic in Arizona! So, "Under the Dome" ... do you recommend it?

Douglas said...

Joanne, I agree.
Tom, I absolutely recommend it... with one caveat; think beyond it, do not read it lazily.