The New Great American Pastime

“Every one sees what they want to see in your mom. Everyone gets to be offended in their own special way. Your mother’s story allows people of any political stripe to say, ‘Shame on you!’ which is just delicious these days. It’s no secret that the great American pastime is no longer baseball. Now it’s sanctimony.” -from Nathan Hill’s novel The Nix

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Individualism Has Brought Some Social Benefits

“One Puritan belief was an increased emphasis on the authority of individual experience in spiritual formation. This belief would have revolutionary consequences. The emphasis on the individual soul and its importance helped to move men and women toward greater spiritual equality. And such spiritual equality naturally had implications for other spheres; spiritual equality expanded into personal, political, and social equality.” -Karen Swallow Prior, Fierce Convictions