Have you seen the state of the universities lately?
Douglas Milnes

it does have some severe problems.

So I’m told.

My point is more, when didn’t it? Or any other country for that matter? It seems we live in age of over-reaction to exaggerated crises we are told continually are unique to history. I say it’s just history, and this is our part in it, no worse and oftimes a lot better than others. I see this crisis mentality mostly as a way to market products, services and programs on the internet, and blown way out of proportion for primarily that purpose.

For my own purposes, I’ve had to struggle with and overcome this sense of impending doom that dominates net spaces: I don’t see it helping anyone or solving anything, and more that it can do a lot of harm in individual lives just by throwing their focus and sense of priorities out of whack for no good reason and with no appreciable result.

“Just another day” and my dad’s favorite axiom “this too shall pass” manage to bring me a lot more capacity to deal with whatever, than pulling my hair out over stats and headlines, and even personal troubles, which only define my life as much as I let them.

I see a lot of the projectile sanctimony that has become so trendy of late, generated from a sense that anyone’s selective sense of crisis must be everyone else’s, or else somehow anyone else is guilty of whatever it is that is bugging someone. It all averages together into a kind of continual cacophony, of a multitude of voices all screaming “do something, do ANYTHING!”

Meanwhile, those who seem to be the only ones getting anything done, are the ones who hadn’t noticed there was any crisis, or who don’t let circumstances overwhelm their emotions if there is one.

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