Prepared For The Worst – The Awl

Thecomfortsofdark?

matter

Photo:Paul?

Sableman

So:

Modernsociety,asawhole,tendstowardasortofinstitutionaloptimism,espousingHegeliannotionsofhistoryasprogressandencouragingustobelievehappinessisatleastpotentiallyavailableforall,ifonlywewouldpulltogetherinareasonablemanner。

Hencethekindoftruthpessimiststelluswillalwaysbeasubversivetruth。

AllthequotationsIchosefromCioran,almostatrandom,couldbeunderstoodasrebuttalsofthepietieswewerebroughtupon:thatknowledgeisavitalacquisition,thatwemustworktohelpandsaveeachother,thatitispositivetobeindustriousandhealthy,thatfreedomissupremelyimportant,andso?

on。

Sucharadicaldeconstructionmaybealarming,yetwhencarriedoutwithpanache,zest,andsparkle,itneverthelesscreatesamoment’sexhilaration,andwithit,crucially,afeelingof?

liberty。

Whydowereadpessimisticwriters?

Someofuswouldimmediatelyanswer“forconfirmation,”butTimParkshasacoupleofother?

ideas。