Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Bleak House

It's an interesting fact that many Republicans feel they were cheated out of an election. It’s the kind of life lie that Eugene O’Neill’s characters hold onto as the sit around the bar waiting for Hickey in The Iceman Cometh. If you look into your heart you will undoubtedly hold certain beliefs close to your chest. You try not to think about them since they involve others, often people close to you with whom you might become enraged. At what point is one impelled to give up and concede defeat? What makes you willing to break loose from some of your most cherished beliefs? For instance, you might feel like a perpetual victim, what some therapists call an injustice collector. However, what turns out is that those you want to blame were not hostile or negative towards you, but rather indifferent. The presumption of agency at the very least protects you from a more insidious state of affairs in which those around you may have been selfish but not nefariously intentioned. It’s worse to feel that no one cared enough. It’s truly horrifying to realize that there's not going to be a truth and reconciliation commission convened and no restitution or compensation meted out for crimes that never occurred. The case of "Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce" goes on for generations in Dickens' Bleak House without resolution, much like the one currently undertaken by the President over his supposedly stolen election.

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