When the church’s theological rejection of sadness was secularised, sadness became a pathology requiring medical intervention. The medicalisation of sadness is the final cultural triumph of the Protestant smile. If Luther or Kierkegaard or Dostoevsky had lived today, we would have given them Prozac and schooled them in positive thinking. They would have grinned abortively – and written nothing. The truth of sadness is the womb of thought……The face that always smiles is the face of a stranger. Love is written on the face of sadness.
Joy is itinerant and can be visited in many places, but its regular venue is friendship. Friendship is the love of difference. The face of the friend is the mirror in which the joy of one’s own difference shines.
In other news, Wikileaks is the latest buzzword and has raised a lot of important questions about privacy, secrecy, hacking and the law. some good reads about the topic are (surprise) the comments of this post “You’ve been pwnd” at Greg ladens science blog. You have to get used to his rudeness, but the man makes some good points. Another is over at NPR where Carrie Johnson asks if its worth prosecuting Hackivists and looking for the hackers who launched attacks on mastercard and paypal.
if you are a regular at any of the gawker blogs, you might want to be on the safer side and use this tool to find out if your email is among the ones compromised. This works only if yours is a gmail account,
For a comprehensive coverage of the US cable /Wikileaks issue, follow guardian’s wikileaks channel
O, and dont forget to read Naomi Wolf’s letter to the Interpol about their feminist turn
As a longtime feminist activist, I have been overjoyed to discover your new commitment to engaging in global manhunts to arrest and prosecute men who behave like narcissistic jerks to women they are dating.
Thats it for now folks! happy holidays!