American Culture

Despair, hope and the built world

Scholars and Rogues does not often simply point readers in the direction of an article, but there’s an essay up at The Front Porch Republic that deserves a careful reading followed by long thought.

But it is difficult for me to believe that anyone aware of his habituation can remain “at home” in the world for long—I mean this scientized technological everything’s-for-sale world we’re habituated to. If the world isn’t exactly the dung heap (and we the maggots that crawl upon it) that Dulcinea pronounced it to be, it surely isn’t the sort of place we can look at and be particularly proud of or comfortable in. We may be at home, but we are at home only in a kind of somnambulant homelessness. Something needs remodeling, even if we aren’t exactly sure what it is.

But that “something” is precisely what’s at stake. So let us look about.

Read the rest.

3 replies »

  1. I find myself a little taken aback to see him invoking Wordsworth instead of Whitman, but that’s a small thing. Yeah, I feel his pain. And have been at war with myself for some time on how to claw my way to a more authentic life (if I might muddy the waters with a dash of Campbell)….

  2. It’s difficult, especially given that the vast majority of us are likely surrounded by people who believe that this “scientized technological everything’s-for-sale world” is authentic. I feel that i’m probably closer than at most points in my life, but it was all by accident.