By Apuleius Charlton
Special guest blogger
This is both a great time to be reading this chapter and a difficult time to successfully perform some of the more optimistic exercizes at the end. Today is a strange holiday; I imagine that there are always groups/individuals in our country who are discomforted on this day, who feel that the country we’re supposed to be celebrating isn’t “their” country- I would wager that more people feel like this today than even in the dark ages of 1922. We are surrounded by the SNAFU principle, or as Oz commented on my last post, the AFU principle as things don’t really seem normal right now. It would seem to be obvious that there is a conspiracy in our country to limit our rights and enforce minority rule- but is it still a conspiracy when it is so out in the open?
Attempting the sixth exercize, after recent events, quickly became distressing. Again, this could be said at any point in history, depending on your position on the globe/in society/in your personal life. When my eyes have been glued to the news, it instead became a meditation on what I chose to “notice.” If my day as god gives me any insight to the positive realities, it would be that they are to be found in the pages of fiction and with people you love, not in the wider world. Happily the fourth exercize is relatively easy during the summer, when I am out of the classroom and away from the headaches of the year; most people are perfectly pleasant when I run errands. There’s a lot to be said for common decency and politeness.
So that’s what I’m wishing for all of us on today’s Glorious Fourth, common decency and politeness. Just don’t look for it at the top of the pyramid.