Edward John Poynter, “Faithful Unto Death”
I’m a huge proponent of depressive realism, the proposition that the darker way of looking at things is generally closer to the truth. All things being equal, pride, greed, neglect, and failure are a safer bet than humility, charity, stewardship, and victory. My first nudge away from mainstream thought and belief was a visceral suspicion that humanity wasn’t a global brotherhood of fundamentally equal comrades in a universal quest for happiness and prosperity.
We’re not all equal. Though, without divine intervention, we’re all equally screwed. (more…)