Archive for November 2010
There’s much in this article I dislike, but this paragraph is undeniably interesting:
We have ceased to believe that a friend’s highest purpose is to summon us to the good by offering moral advice and correction. We practice, instead, the nonjudgmental friendship of unconditional acceptance and support—”therapeutic” friendship, in Robert N. Bellah’s scornful term. We seem to be terribly fragile now. A friend fulfills her duty, we suppose, by taking our side—validating our feelings, supporting our decisions, helping us to feel good about ourselves. We tell white lies, make excuses when a friend does something wrong, do what we can to keep the boat steady. We’re busy people; we want our friendships fun and friction-free.
James Fallows is gathering non-verbal cues that allow you to guess a person’s nationality. Apparently Americans are given away by their open and free style of walking. But this quote, only sort of representative of the rest of his post, had to be pulled:
Carl Jung said that white Americans walk like Negroes, talk like Negroes and laugh like Negroes. Now Carl Jung was from Switzerland, where they make the real white people.
The New York Times is having modern historians retell the (American) Civil War as it happened 150 years ago, with documents from the period. I’m not sold, but I’m certainly intrigued and going to give it the old college try.
(via Daring Fireball)