On the Agony of the West

On the Agony of the West

My principle concern is the unacknowledged, barely conscious premises of my own or anyone else’s thinking. Besides faith in universal evolution, this includes an unfavorable appraisal of the direction a country, a society, a civilization is taking. It is somewhat strange to write this while living in the country that has achieved the greatest economic power in history; but, judging by the grimace of rage and contempt emanating from the works of pen, brush, and camera, never before have so many people taken up indictment as a pastime. Although I feel a certain kinship with them, it is precisely that which disposes me toward being a bit mistrustful of myself—for their activities are a mirror in which I can easily see myself.

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Lima