Crisis is the very air in which our being thrives. Man is always in crisis. Man is crisis ... constant. It is not accidental, it is essential. Man's very being consists of crisis, hence the anxiety, t...
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In his brilliant essay titled "Imaginary Homelands", Salman Rushdie quotes from the opening lines of one of L P Hartley's most memorable books, The Go-Between. "The past is a foreign country" goes the line, "they do things differently there." As you grow older these words ring true, every so often, especially in moments of nostalgia.I had one such moment a few days after this year began, when I received a "Season's Greetings" card from an old friend.
If I could go back in time and do my 20s again, I probably would. Just to have another go at all the things I failed to notice, but that are clearer now that I'm older. I'd like to believe that at 30, a gong was sounded in the heavens and the spell of self-destructive idiocy was lifted.