Thursday, March 27, 2014

Little sphere

A man called into Mark Levin’s radio show on March 26 and teed off on America’s broken political system. He said he had no hope and there was no sense of right and wrong in the world. He sounded like he was phoning in from a high ledge. Levin let him talk for 2 minutes, then this exchange followed:

[Levin:] “You sound—you don’t have to answer this—personally very depressed. Is that what’s going on, too?”

[Caller:] “Very depressed. There’s no leaders in Washington—”

“But I mean in your personal life. I agree with everything you’re saying. But are you okay?”

“Yeah, I’m okay.”

Recall Christopher McCandless’s rant about “society” in Into the Wild. His hatred of a fallen world drove him to isolation and primitivism. But personally he was not persecuted. In 2 years of wandering around the country he was met with nothing but kindness from strangers.

Contrast the preoccupying fear of a harsh and hostile world against a relatively charmed, idyllic existence. Why let the outside intrude so deeply into our thought life?

Media have the extraordinary ability to beam the world’s problems into our homes. It can feel at times like we are oppressed from all sides. Perspective is needed. The world is a big place, and we are very small. What is the sense in worrying? The world will burn, and we would not feel it.

Contributing to the quality of life in my little sphere is my top political priority. Everything else is spectator sport.

“The things within our power are by nature free, unrestricted, unhindered; but those beyond our power are weak, dependent, restricted, alien. Remember, then, that if you attribute freedom to things by nature dependent and take what belongs to others for your own, you will be hindered, you will lament, you will be disturbed, you will find fault both with gods and men. But if you take for your own only that which is your own and view what belongs to others just as it really is, then no one will ever compel you, no one will restrict you; you will find fault with no one, you will accuse no one, you will do nothing against your will; no one will hurt you, you will not have an enemy, nor will you suffer any harm.” –Epictetus

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