Sunday, August 13, 2006

We are all Individualists!

...all except Daniel Larison, who tears into David Brooks:

"Individualism itself glories in uncertainty and confusion, because individualists define these things as being part and parcel of "being free," but psychologically, spiritually and in all other important ways uncertainty and confusion are crippling and paralysing. Instilling people with the belief that they are in control of their own destinies, especially when they have been led to believe in the guiding hand of Providence or the will of God, would have to fill many of these people with the utmost sense of despair. After all, given the uncertainties and accidents of life, what fool really supposes himself to be in control of his own destiny? If it were true that my destiny were in my hands, I doubt very much that this would be very satisfying; because it is not true and misunderstands the human condition entirely, it is guaranteed to yield little if any happiness."

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