We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Reviewing our posts since the election, I notice that we have returned to a better, more wholesome balance between Real Life and politics. That's a good thing.
As heavy-duty tax-paying Citizens of a free republic, we feel obligated to care about current events and, as our readers know, individual freedom and respect for our culture are our primary political interests. But current events (ie the "news") consists mainly of ephemeral things which mentally exist in a strange virtual reality as much as in reality, and likely never matter to us on our deathbeds - assuming that we will even die in bed (but that's what we at Maggie's call the "Deathbed Test" of what is important in life - a test which is highly individual.)
Semi-sorta related: We see that Diana West, author of Death of the Grown Up - a book we plugged when it came out - has a blog or, as I prefer to call these things, a website. We need to add her to our blogroll, and I will tell her that we admire her and that she is on the same page as our resident shrink Dr. Bliss. (A communal site without a shrink is like a canoe without a paddle.)
A Sunday morning on Maggie's Farm, with blueberry pancakes, fresh coffee, no deadlines, and Boy practicing his handstands in the living room... it's enough to make one forget about the water that accumulated in the basement overnight!
When I first found this site, I think you were in the midst of going through various breeds of cattle. I like you other interests as well, but farm topics fascinate me. (that's a subtle hint)
the Gregarious Hermit
"(A communal site without a shrink
is like a canoe without a paddle.)" - BD
allow me to disagree,BD.
sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.
you may have heard Victor Davis Hanson lament over
'the Therapeutic Culture' and its offspring.
I recently came across a writer who may have been the source of his viewpoint,
and suggest you give his writings a look:
The Triumph of the Therapeutic: Uses of Faith after Freud
and his catalog on amazon.com here:
and an overview of his work here:
Sociology and the Sacred: An Introduction to Philip Rieff's Theory of Culture (Hardcover)
by Antonius A.W. Zondervan
The acclaimed American sociologist and cultural philosopher Philip Rieff gained great academic prestige with his thesis on the emergence of ‘Psychological Man' in western culture and with his classic book, Freud: The Mind of the Moralist, published in 1959. In this work and the later The Triumph of the Therapeutic (1966) he not only offered a highly original interpretation of the work of Sigmund Freud, but critically evaluated the enormous influence of psychotherapeutic thinking on Western culture. However, Rieff's later work on the theory of culture did not garner the same attention, and his most recent writings have received very little critical engagement.