Everything is background and nothing can be removed from context. It’s mostly deadly and at the very least makes modern fandom and recreational distraction incompatible concepts. This is in large part what’s been so disillusioning about the Penn State ordeal — the events were so tragic, the response was so batshit on all sides, and the long term prospects are so bizarre I’m finding myself involuntarily distancing from the pack and having to look at Saturday with a kind of out-of-body mentality. I assure you it’s less fun.
Quote: Bickham, The Weight Of Vengeance
This is pretty much what I’m thinking on the subject.
As the War of 1812 entered its second year, the Jamaica Magazine comically captured the essence of why the conflict continued even after the Americans’ stated reasons for declaring war had become redundant. “The people of those [United] States have long been in the habit of viewing their own political importance through a medium similar to that by which a man comprehends the magnitude of his own nose.