Very, very well put. "Workable" even if not "romantic."
That's worth pasting up at least on one's wall. Better one's
forehead, but backward, so it can be read in a mirror.
Chris Shugart wrote:
>> Nowhere on the planet can you find a culture in which
>> the worship of violence, or the
>> desire for material possessions is as high as we have
>> here. And nowhere, certainly in any developed
>> culture,can one find the visible and measurable degree
>> of social alienation that exists in present day
>> America, an alienation that crosses the lines of gender,
>> class and color.
> I suppose that the America Sucks crowd has a valid point
> somewhere in their tired litany. America does leave much
> to be desired. Too many people are being denied fair
> opportunity and justice. If only we could be more like
> that noble civilization of true liberty and
> justice...what's the name of that place?...Atlantis?...If
> only we could model our society after that blissful land
> or plenty...Shangri-la, was it?...A country where
> absolutely everyone enjoys freedom and prosperity...What's
> the name of that country? For the moment the name and
> location escapes me.
> Please. We get it. We got it a long time ago. The existing
> scene in America must change. But into what? What
> real-world model have we to go on? Transforming an
> existing scene towards an ideal scene is nothing but a
> storybook fantasy unless there are demonstrable means of
> getting there.
> Those of us who are flexible in our thinking, not yet set
> in our ways are always open to workable solutions based in
> part on common sense plus on what can be observed as
> workable. This may be a drab vision that lacks the
> romantic appeal of revolution, but hey, that's the way the
> real world is sometimes.
> Chris Shugart
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