“Things should be fine, but they’re not…”

Some prophetic (as in “forthtelling” rather than “foretelling”) words from William Leith’s book Bits of Me are Falling Apart: Dark Thoughts from the Middle Years, as quoted in the Spectator’s review (which describes Leith’s book as “a fascinating, shambling, often very funny meditation on failure, remorse, physical frailty, the fear of death and the fear of pretty much everything else, now you come to mention it”):

My instinct here is to say that things should be fine, but they’re not, things should be fine, but we’re not happy, really not happy at all, when you think about the fact that we’re so incredibly comfortable it seems weird that we’re not happy, but our comfort comes at a price.

There’s something murky and wrong about our way of life, something shifty and treacherous, and we can feel it, can’t we, and it’s beginning to tell, things are starting to give, things are starting to run out.

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One Response to “Things should be fine, but they’re not…”

  1. steve martin says:

    Yes, indeed.

    The law is doing it’s job on us. This sinful self and the sinful world cannot hold up to it.

    Something’s got to give.

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