Follow-Up to a “Happy Medium”

Lo and behold!  Today in the New York Times, David Brooks addresses exactly the dilemma of governing that I wrote about yesterday.  Of course he was so much more erudite and elegant than I was.  He examines the French and British Enlightenment and their lasting effects on government and society.

It is nice to know that a germ of thought one has is valid, even though other people explain it and develop it so much better.  Read the article.  It certainly will offer clarity to the seedlings of ideas that I tried to present.  Here is the link to Brooks’s piece:

In the very wide scope of things past and present, I do acknowledge that these shenanigans in governments, politics and personal existence were always with us.  Everything we see today is old stuff.  Just because my interest in current affairs is in the here and now, my tiny moment in time, doesn’t mean that these power corruptions, social inequalities and general ugliness of humanity never happened before.  I just worry (being the typical humanoid who thinks that my time on this earth is the definitive time!) that the “final straw”, the nail in the coffin that will change life as we know it, is on the horizon.  Given that all that is new is really old, will we be able to once again scale the abyss?


One Response to “Follow-Up to a “Happy Medium””

  1. NatalieR Says:

    What you say is absolutely true. It would be a rather benign thing to find out that humanity is not all that it’s cracked up to be and that it has been so for a very long time if not for the fact that politics and human nature now have as its consequence of corruption, greed and violence the entire fate of the planet all who inhabit it in their hands.

    A little corruptions here, a world war there, a bought off senator or two or three or four or four thousand are nothing new and bad enough during the realities of yesteryear but if bad behavior has as its consequence now a catastrophic oil spill or a nuclear power leak or wars which court the possibility of human annihilation the effects of which cannot be dialed back with time, then we live in all too unique and even more dangerous times.

    Because those in power share beds with those who have all the money to buy the power like common prostitutes in a red light district slum, the stakes become TOO huge, MUCH huger than they ever have been before. It makes corruption no different from other eras BUT it is unique in this era because of the catastrophic consequences one state can visit upon another. The fate of humankind and the life of the planet itself lies in the balance. This is, as Doris Kearns Goodwin titles her book about another era, “no ordinary time, no ordinary time indeed!”

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