When Abundance Is Lacking

This week’s Dalrymple Takimag column shows our favorite doctor taking stock of his (and our) good fortune despite this dreadful past year.

Thanks to my pessimism, I am generally quite cheerful (it is optimists who, because of their illusions, are most prey to misery). I do not expect that all the difficulties of life will suddenly be resolved, and am not even sure that, if they were, life would not become intolerable. Man, after all, is a problem-creating animal, possibly to keep his natural boredom at bay.

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