Wednesday, 23 January 2013

The year ahead


As usual these days, I feel generally-worried, pessimistic and hopeful...

When I compare my state of mind with that of my earlier life; one of the biggest differences is related to institutions, to 'civil society' - that layer of organization which comes between the family and the state.

I used to live by the conviction that social institutions (the medical profession, universities, science... law, government, the media) were basically good; and was optimistic that their problems were temporary and would be fixed - but that even at its best life was a matter of finding a pleasant and comfortable niche; and not worrying about what I could not effect and the cosmic pointlessness of it all...

Now I feel the opposite.