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hump day with the shrink

Having finished this morning's blogging, I am killing some time before throwing laundry in so that I can greet the shrink in the festive colors of our tribe. I'm not sure what the shrink and I will find to talk about, given that I think the current tussle with the black dog is all about the current situation rather than anything inherent in my mind, though I seem to be in the minority on this. A rather close friend recently expressed the opinion that I seem happy to not be happy, and there may be something to that. I certainly don't hold the pursuit of happiness to be my Prime Directive; there are things more important than simple pleasure. If, as Camus says, life consists of doing your job, then hedonism isn't a terribly useful philosophy.

level_head has an interesting post in which he clarifies Ayn Rand's objections to altruism in a very useful way. Anything else I said about it would only ruin it, so go RTWT.

Finished McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom, which is not bad; probably the best single-volume history of the Civil War out there. I found a lot of the political preliminaries to the war extremely unsettling and depressing; far too reminiscent of current events. Battle Cry of Freedom is available on Kindle. Bruce Catton's This Hallowed Ground is also available on Kindle, but I'm not sure it's better than his Civil War trilogy, which is not; Bruce Catton's Civil War: 3 Volumes in 1: Mr Lincoln's Army, Glory Road, A Stillness at Appomattox is well worth buying used.

Also finished Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, which seems to have acquired a new cover - and is also available on Kindle. Hm.

Making slow progress getting things packed up; managed five boxes on Monday and three yesterday, but two of those were clothes - mostly T-shirts, extra linens and clothes that don't quite fit yet or that need repairs. I expect I'll be tackling the hall closets today, though I am running out of places to stick boxes.

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redmartel
Nov. 28th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
My brother gave me Battle Cry of Freedom a decade and a half ago. However, I'm currently on "Unvexed to the Sea" volume 5 of Shelby Foote's Civil War masterpiece. It's interesting because of his obvious affection for the CSA, and especially Jefferson Davis.
wombat_socho
Nov. 28th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
I should take a look at that after I get my library card out of hock.
level_head
Dec. 1st, 2012 02:17 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link! The comments have been interesting.

And I hope the black dog gets an appropriate restraint; it's the leash you could do.

You are certainly correct, I think, in observing a certain echo of pre-Civil War aspects in our modern political discourse. Things are getting pretty bad, and political maneuvering tends to take on a common aroma.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle
wombat_socho
Dec. 1st, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
The leash I could do, eh? *groan*
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