Although I’ve been more busy in recent days than I was at the end of last year, I find myself more resilient, more ready to smile and to laugh–and to brush off critical comments (and mean-spirited e-mails). I have been waking earlier to tend to blog business and staying up late to work on my dissertation. And I’ve still managed to find time to work out regularly and watch a DVD most evenings.
So, I’ve been wondering if this greater ebullience and resilience is related to my devoting a smaller proportion of my day to politics. I’ve been reading and writing more about mythology. And while some of the scholarly articles grate, with their turgid prose and p.c. arguments unrelated to the material considered, at least they do provide some insight (albeit limited) into myth.
As I relate this resilience, I recall giving a ride to another runner (well, I was a runner when I lived in DC) to the Virginia state Young Republican (YR) convention back in 1991. As we spoke about running and our experiences in college athletics and our times in local races, he wondered that so few of our YR colleagues pursed any athletic endeavors or exhibited any passions beyond politics.
A few years later, when delivering information about the Arlington Country Republican Committee to a neighbor who had expressed interest in joining, I met another man similar to those YR colleagues. He had all wall of books, every volume about politics. During our entire communication, the guy never smiled, but groused that not all local Republicans were committed conservatives (or some such). (He never joined the committee.)
So all this got me wondering, if maybe so many angry leftists are so angry because their entire life revolves around politics.
Just a thought.
Now to get back to Athena.