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16 Jul 2022, 7:22 pm

The guy was a famous moonshiner from North Carolina. Listening to his stories, particularly of someone who - in their own right - is of a kind of legendary high achievement and at the same time describing all of the sorts of life problems that we have and having NT answers for them, it both reminds me that so much of what we go through is ubiquitous to the human experience (ie. humans are predatory animals first and foremost, indebted to society second) and that I think what f's our heads up is we're expecting better based on our rather reflexively Platonist principles that we'd like to see in the world but the reflection always comes back crooked.

The other reason I'm enjoying this - it's just great to hear the wisdom of someone who's lived a very different kind of life, sadly he passed in 2009, but it's a bit of a time capsule and some interesting autobiographical bits.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you'll be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privelege of owning yourself" - Rudyard Kipling