Absurdity Is A Touchy Feely Thing

by Timothy Lusch

The Common Sense Of True Progress

In Pursuit of Laughter by Agnes Repplier

Do you stay up nights worrying about being on the Wrong Side of History? Or do you find yourself wondering what that and other bromides of our political class mean? If you are like me, you read the news and wonder how we got to a place where clarity of thought and speech have been jettisoned in favor of slogans, elisions, and glosses. And not only in our politics but in our technology, social interactions, and what embarrassingly passes for education today. If so, enjoy the bracing tonic of American essayist, novelist, and biographer Agnes Repplier.  A saucy sister from the City of Brotherly Love, Repplier wrote widely and brilliantly.  She recognized the Truth in common sense and sensed the common truths that are the mark of civilization.

People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.