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  1. Avatar for nick nick says:

    “Psychological distress – as defined here – is ‘a sense of meaninglessness that stems from anxious uncertainty.’”

    That quote is a great jumping off point for thinking about the evolution of America’s collective psychology and mythology. I have mixed feelings about Kissinger’s appraisal of modern American foreign policy in Diplomacy, but there is at least one thing he NAILS throughout the book and it is the constant narrative tension between America-As-Shining-City-On-A-Hill and America-As-A-Self-Interested-Great-Power.

    Using the power of “and”, I’d argue America is both of those things simultaneously.

    In my view, a good deal of our political angst has its origins in our Cold War victory, and the “anxious uncertainty” that necessarily followed, seemingly (to me, anyway) amplified by the gradual re-emergence of a more multi-polar geopolitical landscape.

  2. Avatar for jz1 jz1 says:

    “Evil is like gravity, all you need is a little push”.
    Joker in Dark Knight.

    My understanding of the old Chinese definition of “saint” in old Chinese medicine books is a person who can understand and control his emotions.

    So… a saint can fight gravity. hmmm…

  3. One day, hopefully while I’m still cognizant, we will look back on the ‘blackhole’ ‘picture’ above and laugh at the main stream Neo-Ptolemystics who actually propagated that to confirm the ‘common knowledge’. (In case I’m not, Haha)

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