[lbo-talk] merry solstice

Walker Percy Jr. paraconsistent at comcast.net
Thu Dec 22 19:40:33 PST 2011

On 12/22/2011 10:09 AM, Doug Henwood wrote:

> http://www.theawl.com/2011/12/the-darkest-day-of-the-year
> The Darkest Day Of The Year
> Alex Balk | December 21, 2011
> Tomorrow will be the darkest day of the year, but that is just a planetary distinction, as "it's the shortest amount of time between sunrise and sunset. This is caused by the Earth's relation to the sun, as well as the angle of the Earth's tilt." Really, the darkest day of the year is the day you wake up in the morning and realize that life's crushing meaninglessness has so insinuated itself into your very being that even the awareness of the mundane brutalities which characterize the empty actions that occur continuously as you're putting one foot in front of the other is no longer enough to register on the scale of existential despair that at least once provided you with the minuscule comfort of knowing that you were still able to feel something, even if it was a mix of heart-searing sadness and a somewhat more intense misery at the realization of just how negligible your own emotions actually were, to you or anyone else. Coincidentally, THAT day is also tomorrow, but in
> ddition it is every day after for the remainder of your time on Earth. Dress warm. [Via]


Dear Alex,

It's never too late to move to Hawaii, California or Australia and take up surfing. On your flight to your new digs you might want to read Richard Moran's "Authority and Estrangement: An Essay on Self-Knowledge", together they're much better than Zoloft or Ecstasy or whatever the mood manager of the year your generation is ingesting.

Angst and quasi-nihilism are boring, get over them already.

No, I'm not funding your new lifestyle. Talk to your hedge fund friends.

WP Jr.

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