Loving Or Not Loving America
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Of course, I am in complete agreement. But instead of the qualifier "literary" I would use "American Culture" - social, political, artistic and I wouldn't use the present tense. Let's face it, American culture has shut down. I'm not sure it is even worth the attempt to revive it, but I imagine someone more sentimental and earnest than me might think so.
As I get older, and read more widely and deeply than ever, I realize that geographic-specific ties are tenuous, that notions of "homelands" are carefully constructed fictions. This realization isn't, in the least, a bitter or disillusioned one - but actually quite liberating and reaffirming of what I consider to be the real and lasting truths in life: faith, ideas, beauty.
And, I realized: it is all the same impulse. Sure, we dress it up as "health care" and enshrine it as a right - but it is still the same barbaric impulse to kill, the same base-line selfish covetousness that seems to mark all of humanity.
Republicans don't have much left on the table - but, then, the American table is pretty unappealing these days.
The Amish, I believe, are not as dour as you think (I rather liked the recent beard cutting-bad boys, schisms always provide a chance for renewal).
(But, it is a great time to buy land in many parts of Europe. I know a few families that are doing so. A terrific reversal of fortune for those who had to leave under less than favorable conditions.)