… but I’m still getting up at Oh-Dark-Thirty tomorrow morning to get the girls off to school, and then taking Mrs. M’s ride to the shop for a new muffler. Of course, that should give me an excuse to hit the record and comic stores, so it’s a win as far as I’m concerned.
Over at Legal Insurrection, Prof. Jacobson quotes Jim Treacher, who reminds us that we have to remember an essential truth: Life is much bigger than politics. It’s easy to forget that, sometimes, when it seems that the news, Facebook, and Twitter are only too happy to present us with the political agon 24/7. And because we spend so much time hearing about those games, it’s easy to be duped into believing that’s all there is. Of course, that’s where fanatics come from, but what’s more, I think it’s another kind of totalitarianism.
If we make politics the center of our lives, or perhaps more accurately, if we allow the rest of our lives to be t(a)inted by politics, then I think we may be surrendering the very idea that we defend on the right — that some things must be beyond the realm of political back-and-forth, and that those things may be — should be — the best parts of life.
We’ve seen before how losing that sense of proportion can warp someone. And each day, as I scroll through Facebook, I see too many people embrace the same loss. But perhaps remembering where our real centers are may be a victory in itself.