is the Massage, by Marshall McLuhan, was written in 1966 and his writing was pretty dang prescient.

He wrote: “Innumerable confusions and a profound feeling of despair invariably emerge in periods of great technological and cultural transitions.” P. 9

The election of Mr. Trump as president certainly exhibited the prevalence of confusion here in the USA…and…I suspect it also exhibited a misguided attempt to escape despair.

Much insight was written long ago but it has often gone unheeded and un-understood.

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“A pluralistic civilization can only be built with a great amount of tolerance, and the kind of tolerance that comes from people who believe in the cosmic certainty of their truth (and theirs alone) is both limited and patronizing. You can only become truly tolerant of other people’s realities by having some new way to inhabit your own.”

p. 267 “Reality Isn’t What It Used To Be”, 1990, by Walter Truett Anderson.

I heartily agree with the author.

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“…Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.”

The quote above is from the book titled: “Amusing Ourselves to Death” by Neil Postman. The quote is at the end of the forward of the book. Dr. Postman (deceased) wrote this book way back in 1985 yet it is eerily prescient re the current times in the USA. The disastrous Donald Trump was predicted in this book way before he showed up in person.

Most extremes are only needed for a brief while and they are needed in only in specific times and places (history and context).

Extremes promoted as eternal and universal truths are generally errors (maybe not always…but often enough to be extremely suspicious anytime such a promotion is made…or so it seems to me).

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