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Why Not to Despair When the Barbarians Are at the Gate

Relief of Roman fighting a barbarian, Musée du Louvre

Relief of Roman fighting a barbarian, Musée du Louvre

Things got a little intense at pilates the other day.

My classmates were lamenting the state of the world. Global terrorism. Coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef. Donald Trump.

I piped up during my plank routine. Perhaps it’s all a positive, a character test of some type that should be heeded and understood, rather than dismissed unthinkingly in the grip of crisis or despair.

Julie on the neighboring “reformer” machine was quick to oblige: “What, don’t you have children—don’t you care about the future?!” Continue reading

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