I Do Not Understand One Thing in This World

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“I do not understand one thing in this world. Not one.”

— Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

I have been trying for several days to write a heated invective against the complacency of modern society. I wanted to passionately denounce the oppression and exploitation which exists in the world. I wanted to assert the primacy of freedom and self-determination against corrupt systems of power. I wanted to inspire outrage at the abuses of governments and international organizations and multinational corporations. Yet every time I started writing, I found myself mired in exceptions and caveats and difficulties.

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Friends for a night in Athens, Greece.
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Protesters squaring off. From http://www.denverpost.com
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“I do not understand one thing in this world. Not one.” — Marilynne Robinson, ‘Gilead’

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