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November 08, 2003

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Matthew Yglesias

I've got this over on my blog, but the Nietzsche quote strikes me as being much more apropos regarding Stanley Kurtz than David Frum.

obliw

"This psychic need to fabulate reasons for customary preferences."

Custom is what makes life meaningful, in the most literal of senses. Why should the smell of a roasting turkey and not a goose fill me with a feeling of warmth and tenderness? Because I am American, and have always celebrated Thanksgiving. I find cricket incomphrensible, but watch the ALCS avidly, and mourned the Red Sox's loss. Why? Because of the mere happenstance that I should have grown up in Boston. Feelings are irrational and attached to arbitrary objects. But they are what gives our lives meaning, structure, tragedy, triumph. The desire for meaning is the psychic need of which you speak.

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Jeff Blanks

@obliw: Fair enough. But I have my own practices as well, from which I derive my own meaning. I'm perfectly willing to let David Frum have his customs if he'll reciprocate, but it seems he won't.

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