Sometimes, when WC sees everyone on social media wringing their hands and eating their hearts out, it feels like WC has fallen into a Stephen Crane poem:1
In the Desert
by Stephen Crane
In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said, “Is it good, friend?”
“It is bitter—bitter,” he answered;
“But I like it
“Because it is bitter
“And because it is my heart.”
You see, it’s not enough to sit in the desert – political or otherwise – gnawing on our hearts, bitter and alone.
We can vote.
We can encourage others to vote.
When circumstances allow, we can give money to candidates who would like to change thingsfor the better.
Or we can be bitter, sit in the desert, and gnaw on our hearts.
- More proof of the perils of a classical education. ↩