The Distraction Storm

Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“‘To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle,’ George Orwell observed. What’s even more of a struggle is avoiding it. That’s why we have the distraction storm. Thinking about the present is, for some of us, nearly unbearable. One way we deal with that is by inventing fantastical future scenarios — now catastrophic, now paradisiacal, from climate disaster to various political utopias. That is how you sell lottery tickets and home-title-protection policies — by making the future, its promise or its terror, an analgesic against the pain of the present. Or else we look in the opposite direction, to the past, inventing for ourselves exaggerated histories — lost glory for the nationalists and sentimentalists, exculpatory personal and collective trauma for the social-justice set.” (05/23/21)