You will have to forgive me, I'm a little drunk here. Not rip-roaring out of my mind, but definitely impaired.
I got a Google e-mail text from a former (?) reader Mike L. who asked me — I did not reply — why don't I just give up? His implication was this — why do I write these posts day after day? Why don't I just chuck it all in? You know, fuck it, throw in the towel?
Look. I am not trying to change the world. The world as you and I know it can not be changed.
I am trying to explain the world that you and I live in.
Even that is a hopeless task 99.99% of the time. And you might well ask why I persist at that.
And the answer is that this task is what is left for me to do on this Earth. And I hope — yes, there's that word I often ridicule — that some of you can take this knowledge and run with it. Make your life better than it might have been if nobody had told you the things I tell you.
I remember 2000-2001 when my own life fell apart completely and stayed shitty for years after that. Collapsed. I survived somehow. And do you know what? It would have been a good thing if I had had DOTE to read back then, which was many years before I was actually capable of writing it. And the world we live in is a lot worse for most of us than it was in 2001. (Wasn't that the very year Stanley Kubrick's technologically optimistic movie took place in?) In any case — No!, in the best case —
We learn as we go.