No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main …And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
-Devotions upon Emergent Occasions (1624),John Donne
Have you ever felt alone in the middle of a crowd? It’s increasingly clear this condition is not merely a disorder of the individual.
The modern West is a wasteland of the soul. Every new institution and every new cultural norm is focused towards hedonistic individualism (or “bodily autonomy” as it’s occasionally euphemised). All political debate between the left and the right is focused on how to maximise the economic and political autonomy of the individual. Almost all “progress” by either side is defined as the removing of perceived barriers (real…
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