Fascinating stuff! Says much more succinctly what I was trying to fumble my way towards. Thanks for the information, Ward. I'm coming at this issue from a slightly different and less educated, less rigorous direction than Will, Hoffer, Maslow and others, but we're all seeing the same basic thing -- this all-consuming need to somehow be important. I think most of us assuage that need with accomplishment, such as career, or family, or some form of craft or art, or public service, etc. Others, who perhaps haven't prepared themselves to do much more than exist, fill that need with social protest over anything they can find, and tend naturally towards left wing causes because they glitter so brightly in the arena of self-righteousness. Unfortunately those shiny pursuits often turn out to be nothing but fools gold.
Edited by jmill (07/29/19 04:18 PM)