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January 12th, 2005
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It must, I think, be admitted that the most intelligent young people in Western countries tend to have that kind of unhappiness that comes of no adequate employment for their best talents.


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Cynicism such as one finds very frequently among the most highly educated young men and women of the West results from the combination of comfort with powerlessness. Powerlessness makes people feel that nothing is worth doing, and comfort makes the painfulness of this feeling just endurable.


-Bertrand Russell, 1930

The ConQuest of Happiness


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From:mishamish
Date:January 12th, 2005 05:40 am (UTC)
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I am *SO* yanking this...

I definitely need to read more Bertrand Russell.
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From:robyn_r
Date:January 12th, 2005 06:31 am (UTC)

News?

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Is this to read you heard news about the job you were going for?

What's the word on this? Didn't hear how your presentation went last week.

Robyn
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From:netmouse
Date:January 12th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)

Re: News?

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no, I haven't heard on the job I am going for - last word is I did the presentation and three other interviews and met half the people there and they were going to check my references and get back to me.

In any case, my last day at the Caravan Shop is Wednesday, January 18. I am working on lining up a consulting project to start the 24th if I haven't been hired by then...

--I think my presentation went well, and I think the rest went well, and we'll just have to see.
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From:treebones
Date:January 12th, 2005 07:06 am (UTC)

Um.

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That hits kind of close to the bone. It hasn't stopped me from doing things. But I know that feeling well.
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From:metalfatigue0
Date:January 12th, 2005 07:21 am (UTC)
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That has changed since 1930. Unfortunately, it changed back.
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From:matt_arnold
Date:January 12th, 2005 07:43 am (UTC)
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From the title of the book it sounds like Bertrand Russell has a solution in mind. Does he?
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From:hiyami
Date:January 12th, 2005 11:43 am (UTC)
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Can I copy to my LJ? It does ring a bell...
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From:netmouse
Date:January 12th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
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sure. I just copied it from the book, after all. :)
From:jcpchelin
Date:January 14th, 2005 01:57 am (UTC)

another interpretation

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Maybe the kind of powerlessness he means is that while educated individuals can see the rights and wrongs and ins and outs in society, we cannot easily change policy and law or the way things are.
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