But I don’t need persuading of any of that. That’s the world I’ve always lived in.
It’s not the factual content of your statements that concern me-- or Pieter, I would guess. But lately, your tone’s shifted, darkened, past where it was before. It’s been the progress of a few months.
There’s nothing ridiculous about idealism. Idealism, in the end, is just looking at awful things, and saying, “It shouldn’t be this way.” And trying to change them. … Without idealism, nothing changes. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, or worthy of ridicule. If idealism was really so bad, there’d be fewer idealists. Their continued presence in the species suggests that they serve an important purpose.
But I do think it’s a hard thing to be-- not difficult, like “challenging,” but hard. In the end, an idealist is facing a particularly intractable and stubborn kind of enemy: the messy complexity of the world, and its resistance to being changed to solve certain problems without creating as many problems as anyone solves.
Some witty person at some point suggested, or maybe just pointed out, that a cynic is just a broken-hearted romantic. … I don’t think you were ever really very cynical, before. But more recently you’ve been saying stuff like how every human being deserves to be shot.
So. Yeah. That starts to sound a little more like the real thing.