Henry Miller, an author of the last century.
He says that History is a catalog of disaster. That makes sense.
He says it is the tortured spirit that reflect the spirit of society. That’s hopeful.
But how can this be used to denounce a work ethic? I don’t like how he puts some things. Still, it’s thought-provoking.

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New left coming

I talked to a socialist yesterday. He ran a club at a university, sitting at a table full of communist and socialist literature.

Socialism is coming. The next generation of youth are predicted to trample both Reagan conservative ideology and the Clintonian one. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09/12/the-rise-of-the-new-new-left.html

We like socialism. But will it work? I asked him if socialism happens within a democracy. He said yes. I asked him if it would work in American government, and he said no. So for socialism to work in the US, the Constitution and whole government should be changed? He didn’t know. Maybe. Right now, they just are trying to unite labor.

There would have to be massive social change and upheaval for socialism to happen in America. Conservatives will say that Dems are socialists – they’re really not. But some are. And more will be if the prediction of the “new left” is correct.

The question is, are socialists also relativists, or moral absolutists. I could say that socialism works well in Europe, but not in America.If they are absolute, they will certainly want this perfect socialist model in America too.

But no. That can’t happen. We need those socialists, this vocal minority to make everyone else realize what kind of government we have, and the ideal government our system should be. They keep things honest. But take over? Demolish our hard-won American capitalist-style democracy? That’s going too far.

 

Need a method to get a method?

Ziony Zevit in Religions of Ancient Israel writes,

In history writing of any kind, the choice of method is fundamental, because to a large degree it determines the outcome of the inquiry. Where you arrive depends not only upon where you think you’re going, but also upon how you decide to get there. (page 8)

 

But how do you decide on method? Or, how do you decide on … how you decide to get there? What method will you use to find the correct method? Where does the inquiry really begin?

When love

When fear and dread are gaining victory, when tears are drowning the smiles of your soul, when hate squeezes the last drop of good out of it all, when hope is lost beyond the horizon, when everything is getting dimmer and dimmer by the second, when love itself is dead and dying more than it ever has seemed – that is when love is most important. Love on.

 

Not for artists and musicians

If I were a painter, I would travel the world and paint everything. I would paint bare walls, naked sidewalks, children’s faces… with all sorts of beautiful scenes of animals and trees and mountains. There is too much ugliness in the world. Let’s remind people that beauty exists!

If I were a musician, I would wander the world making music. I’d play guitar and make up silly songs to make people laugh. I would play in the dark alleyways, lonely bus stops, run-down apartment complexes, busy parking lots, and city parks. There is too much ugliness in the world. Let’s remind people that beauty exists!

But alas, I am no artist, neither am I a musician. I haven’t the skill or creativity or materials or teacher or time to do such things. Or, most importantly, the courage — the nerve to play music or make art in surprising places, where people all stare at you, some with annoyance and some with happiness. No. I haven’t got that. I can just write. And in this limited mode of existence on this dark blog in the corner of the internet, I hope to do something. Something revolutionary. Something that needs to be said.

Democracy deflating itself

Egypt’s people democratically elected an undemocratic man to be president, then deposed of him in an undemocratic way to democratically elect someone else. The United States is using undemocratic means to protect itself from the enemies of democracy by tapping everyone’s private information. Turkey elected a leader who takes away their freedoms. The Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq cannot decide whether President Barzani is allowed by the constitution to run for a third term. No one knows if he can, so the Parliament unilaterally chose that the elections should be postponed two years for them to figure it out – Barzani being president that whole time. Anti-democratic forces are alive and well in the world. But democracies are their own worst enemy.