The title is stolen, but not blatantly if intent means anything. Sometimes it seems a single description just fits a thing – sort of an epistemological dead end, or maybe, a rose is rose?
Victor Davis Hanson offers an essay that captures a mood I’ve long considered nothing more than ennui. Indeed, his perspective as an historian adds color to a palette made up mostly of shades of gray.
Have you stopped reading, listening, watching, and paying attention to most of what now passes for establishment public or popular culture? I am not particularly proud of this quietism (many Athenians did it in the early 4th century BC and Romans by the late 3rd AD), but not really ashamed of it either.
There are all sorts of inferences that might be drawn from that quote alone, but he writes mostly about more specific cultural elements – music, cinema, sports, etc.
It’s nice to transform from being just another crotchety old curmudgeon into being at the forefront of a movement.
Even if that movement can be shown to be a symptom of decline.