A useful and practical essay on formulating our perspectives on the world. Especially in those times—like right the hell now—when we don’t know what to think any more.
As Kottke wrote, “I don’t really have a good way to describe it either, so maybe just take 4 minutes and watch it?”
My head nodded in agreement when I read this statement by John on his blog, Daring Fireball. In his post, John quotes a passage from an article written by Richard Hofstadter for Harper’s magazine in November 1964. The Paranoid Style in American Politics describes a politically charged, divided country. While reading the paragraph, it is easy to imagine Richard wrote the article just yesterday to describe our current climate. While the 1960s did not contain a pandemic, other events turned the country into a powder keg: The Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Protests, and the assassinations of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Senator Kennedy. I hope we never get to the point of mirroring all of the events from that time, but I too take a measure of comfort that the United States has been through tough times like these before.