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Unsentimental Journey

Joseph Epstein contra voguishness

Jul 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 43 • By JOSEPH EPSTEIN
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“Enjoy the journey,” advises a television commercial for a resort and spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The word figures to show up a lot more before long. Watch for it. Its detachment from reality recommends it to those who fancy themselves deep thinkers. Life, be assured, ain’t no picnic; and it ain’t no journey, either. What it is is much too complex—a thick purée of fate, luck, will, character, historical circumstance, and much more—to be captured by the word journey. Those who use it to do so may not know it, but they themselves are intellectually traveling in steerage.

 

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