Despite my misgivings on Charlton’s new mysticism, he’s still very good when he grapples with and describes external problems:
I’m beginning to see a pattern where even hedgehogs can be pretty wise when experience turns them disagreeable, because they spend more time focusing on the problem’s intricacies and less time selling their childish golden hammers. Basically, idealists are all right to have around after they’ve had the idealism beaten out of them.
Sorath (bad ending)
The Hulu show “Alone” has been teaching me a lot about this (especially what merciless critics my family can be when we’re mocking the contestants of a reality show together–the Shadow is a comedian that way). Even though I’m on the upper end of resilience, I’d still only give myself two months even if my diet of fish and seaweed were steady and reliable.