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Not-So-Quiet Desperation

Thoreau said that the “mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation…” But when I look around at all the violence and fear and cynicism and dissatisfaction — when I observe this guy with his family in a coffee shop in Lincoln City, a guy who obviously loves his kids but seems so wound up he’s liable to pop; and when I look honestly at those times I have been most frustrated and self-contradictory — it’s clear that desperation can’t stay quiet forever.

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