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In a Nation in Decline, a Lust for Hatred

In a Nation in Decline, a Lust for Hatred | American literature | Scoop.it

The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle. He is to us what William Shakespeare was to Elizabethan England or Fyodor Dostoyevsky to czarist Russia.

 

Our country is given shape in the form of the ship, the Pequod, named after the Indian tribe exterminated in 1638 by the Puritans and their Native American allies. The ship’s 30-man crew—there were 30 states in the Union when Melville wrote the novel—is a mixture of races and creeds. The object of the hunt is a massive white whale, Moby Dick, which, in a previous encounter, maimed the ship’s captain, Ahab, by biting off one of his legs. The self-destructive fury of the quest, much like that of the one we are on, assures the Pequod’s destruction. And those on the ship, on some level, know they are doomed—just as many of us know that a consumer culture based on corporate profit, limitless exploitation and the continued extraction of fossil fuels is doomed.


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Self-Disciplined People Are Happier (And Not as Deprived as You Think)

Self-Disciplined People Are Happier (And Not as Deprived as You Think) | American literature | Scoop.it
It's easy to think of the highly self-disciplined as being miserable misers or uptight Puritans, but it turns out that exerting self-control can make you happier not only in the long run, but also in the moment.

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Pilgrims and Puritans in 17th Century New England--The Christian Founding of America

Pilgrims and Puritans in 17th Century New England--The Christian Founding of America | American literature | Scoop.it
Sail1620 - Explore the 17th Century lives of the Mayflower Pilgrims Through History and Genealogy.

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, February 21, 2013 1:30 AM

I was discussing the fact that the US is founded on Christian values and that the Pilgrims were Christians with .@c0nsciousbeing earlier and wanted to document this information as reference to share later and I couldn't send it the usual way on twitter due to text limits, so am sharing it here.

 

re:the Pilgrims...they were Quakers&Puritans,which Christian Protestants&Evangelicals came;they believed in religious liberty and Christianity>RT @c0nsciousbeing: .@littlebytesnews Actually, the pilgrims were predominantly Quaker, not Christian - and if you REALLY want I can tell you abt your religion. //The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America - Frank Lambert - Google Books http://books.google.com/books?id=1qse4fZ6eQgC&pg=PA100&dq=were+puritans+quakers+or+christians&hl=en&sa=X&ei=O5olUb_LD8KligLOrYCgCg&ved=0CF8Q6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=were%20puritans%20quakers%20or%20christians&f=false ;

Also see:Puritans, Pilgrims and Quakers are the names given to groups of reforming Protestants embracing varying forms of Calvinism that emerged at different periods during the English Reformation. http://www.sail1620.org/history/articles/83-pilgrims-and-puritans-in-17th-century-new-england.html ;

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Modern-Day Puritans Want to Ban Things That Make Us Happy ...

Modern-Day Puritans Want to Ban Things That Make Us Happy ... | American literature | Scoop.it
If we banned every activity that had the potential to become addictive, we'd have to ban fatty foods, sex, alcohol and investing in the stock market. Life means risk. Sometimes puritans want to ban things without any evidence ...

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