One of the more admirable qualities of Dalrymple’s thinking is his appreciation for the complexity, indeed sometimes even the contradictoriness, of life, and his corresponding disdain for easy solutions. His new City Journal essay makes a case for the complexity of human life:
The need for a simplifying lens that can screen out the intractabilities of life, and of our own lives in particular, springs eternal…How delightful to have a key to all the miseries, both personal and societal, and to know personal happiness through the single-minded pursuit of an end for the whole of humanity!
By the way, he also writes, “The most popular and widest-ranging ideology in the West today is”….guess!
Read the essay here