Sunday, October 22, 2006

Sunday Food for Thought

America is like a student who is proud of having somehow survived without serious work, and likes to imagine that if he really put any effort into it he could achieve everything, but is unwilling to endanger so lovely a dream by making an actual commitment to anything.

Author Philip Slater wrote those words in his 1970 book The Pursuit of Loneliness; American Culture at the Breaking Point. It's quite ironic (or perhaps it isn't at all) that now, 36 years later, the current American president is the perfect example of that attitude.

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