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The loss of faith is a terrible thing. To believe in something with absolute certainty, and then cease to believe, is an almost unbearable experience. For my entire life I believed in the common sense of America. Sure the pendulum might swing to the right, but then it would always swing back to the left - ultimately finding its way to the moderate, American, middle. That naive faith is gone. I see now the inherent madness in not just Americans, but in all human beings. A madness based on our willingness to believe in whatever fiction best comforts us.* Or enrages us. I can only suppose we're wired this way because life, the world, reality, is simply too much. In the face of overwhelming uncertainty, we desperately seek some ground to stand on, even if that ground does not actually exist. We live, love, fight and die defending sandcastles. No, not even. The idea of sandcastles. The dream of sandcastles. All while an actual wave approaches.

*thanks to Yuval Noah Harari for this insight

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1st Aired: 12 December 2019