Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sentiment not sentimentalism

It is inevitable that the decay of sentiment should be accompanied by a deterioration of human relationships, both those of the family and those of friendly association, because the passion for immediacy concentrates upon the presently advantageous. After all, there is nothing but sentiment to bind us to the very old or to the very young. Burke saw this point when he said that those who have no concern for their ancestors will, by simple application of the same rule, have none for their descendants. The decision of modern man to live in the here and now is reflected in the neglect of aging parents, whom proper sentiment once kept in positions of honor and authority. There was a time when the elder generation was cherished because it represented the past; now it is avoided and thrust out of sight for the same reason. Children are liabilities. As man becomes more immersed in time and material gratifications, belief in the continuum of race fades, and not all the tinkering of sociologists can put homes together again.
~p. 30
Ideas Have Consequences

Do They Even Know It's Spring?

Walking around downtown yesterday when the high temperature was about 60 or so, I saw people with scarves and winter coats all hunched up like they're freezing. Waiting for the bus a woman walked past in a heavy coat and wearing a wool cap like it was midwinter. Okay, folks got spoiled by the unseasonably warm weather last month, but this is ridiculous. Get a grip, people!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Well, It Was a Good Run While It Lasted

Perhaps enough Republicans decided they were tired of being called fascists by the Democrats and figured they'd really nominate one. They have their internationally-minded socialists, so the GOP decided to go with a nationalist socialist. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.