A Contribution to the Critique of the Disillusioned Perspective

“The disillusioned perspective distinguishes continually between faith and reality, between life as we want it to be and life as it actually is — for it is faith that joins us together with our undertakings and with the world, faith that accords them value. Without faith, no value. That’s why so many people find the disillusioned perspective so provoking: It lacks faith, sees only the phenomenon itself, while faith, which in a sense is always also illusion, for most people is the very point, the profoundest meaning. To the disillusioned, morals, for instance, are not so much a question of right or wrong as of fear. But try telling that to the moral individual.”

Karl Ive Knausgård, review of Michel Houellebecq, Submission

The (Original) War on Christmas

Let’s not permit the sideshow in Tennessee — where, pretty much on cue, politicians have been waxing indignant over the call for “inclusive holiday celebrations” at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville — distract us from the real war on Christmas: the one nobody at Fox News wants discussed.

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