I’ve never worked for months on a blog post before.
I’ve been working on one since early summer.
I have the title. It’s “In Praise of Men.” That’s been so since the beginning. But writing such a thing is complicated, both because of the strange age we’re in, when to be male is to be eeeeeeevil, and because of my own background.
Men (as even men are likely to agree) are simpler creatures than women. But there is nothing simple in relations between the sexes and there is nothing — nothing, nothing — simple about being a man in a time where men are both reviled and desperately needed.
My “work” of the last three months has been not putting a word in pixels while trying to figure out how to tackle the complications of the topic.
Might be a while yet. Getting closer, though.
Meantime, I found this column by the ever prescient Charles Hugh Smith: “Goodbye To All That: Are Our Rituals of “Prosperity” Increasingly Meaningless?”
Of all the economic heresies imaginable, perhaps the most heretical is to recognize what we label “prosperity” as increasingly meaningless rituals more akin with Soviet-era staged parades than actual well-being.
This is the most dangerous heresy because it breaks the link between consumption–the core activity of our economy–and human happiness. If conspicuous / surplus consumption is ritualistic rather than fulfilling (i.e. it adds to our well-being), then it becomes meaningless or even corrosive.
He goes on to show what happens — what’s already happening — when we realize how empty many of our daily activities or entertainments are.
Smith is one of those rare writers, who even when I don’t agree with him, opens my eyes and challenges my perceptions. On this subject, I fear he’s right on. I hope he’ll write more about the long-term consequences.
Back to you later. Maybe even soon; I don’t know. Now that I made my little confession, I suspect ideas might flow better. Besides that, there’s always a chance that someone will say something in comments that adds dimension or gives inspiration for “In Praise of Men.”