I wrote this essay on the renunciation of the political world in 2019. It is even more true today as well all face our world we cannot control and choices about how to husband and not derange our minds and the gardens of our culture.
I was editing it for my next collection of essays, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Bureaucrat that I will publish in the first half of 2023.
Since I was very young I have been drawn, like a moth to light, to the world of politics. It has not done me much good. True, I have made a career of sorts in the margins of government; always on the periphery, even when I was truly close to the fabled centre of power; and never accepted by the executives who live by a modern warrior code. But politics has always disappointed me.
They say that disappointment…
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