Age of Rage and Ressentiment
An excellent article by Pankaj Mishra in today’s Guardian, “Welcome to the age of anger“. It deserves special mention because it’s one of the finest diagnoses and interpretations of the chaotic present to have emerged from the creeping messiness, in my opinion.
It’s very often “outsiders” to the Western intellectual tradition who are most enlightening about that tradition, and who demonstrate the deepest insights into it. This is also true of Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, which I’ve just concluded reading. Like the indigenous of North America, they also see what the denizens of the Western tradition don’t see in themselves — the problematic nature of narrow perspectivising perception and the “point-of-view” consciousness structure, or what Blake called “single vision & Newtons sleep”.
And Mishra’s article, at least, is a very good analysis of the reasons why we urgently need to change.