The Big Question of the Humanities is “what is the good life?” I used to think it was primarily an academic question, but I’m old now, and I am learning from experience that it can take the form of an existential question: “Have I lived a good life?” “Have I been living a good life?” “Should I have done something different?” Would a different life have been a better one? “Should I be doing something different now?” In the time that remains. It doesn’t keep me from doing the laundry, but it’s always there these days, running in the background. I used to think I’d answered it, at least for myself. Now, I’m not so sure.
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