Archive for June 15th, 2017

Surprised to find myself in brief forgotten convo with Robt Richardson here, at abt 26:00. https://t.co/T5U3LcTUk2 via @YouTube

June 15, 2017

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William James “Will You or Won’t You Have It So?” Robert Richardson in Chocorua NH, August 2010 https://t.co/9SbjStw7Tb via @YouTube

June 15, 2017

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Dystopia in the park https://t.co/MRYYFArjDT

June 15, 2017

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Radical pessimism at the door-these are challenging days for a pragmatic meliorist. https://t.co/a1l6WKwb8W

June 15, 2017

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Radical pessimism at the door

June 15, 2017

Back from a satisfyingly heat-beating bikeride-and-walk to and through the Richland Creek Greenway. Reflected a bit on the British view of the American experience during the revolutionary period, through the lens of the BBC’s This Sceptred Isle . There’s always another side to every story.

I wonder if I’d have been a Loyalist or a Patriot? In the present context, I’m neither – the present context being the borderline dystopia lately surveyed in Jill Lepore’s New Yorker essay on the new literature of radical pessimism. “We are what happens when the seemingly unthinkable celebrity rises to power,” indeed. I’m not surrendering to pessimism yet, but these are challenging days for a melioristic pragmatist. That’s probably why I find myself drawn to the bigger picture, and to history. This too shall pass. And meanwhile?

I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s ride-and-walk through the Warner Parks.

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