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At some point I missed the LEAP to concluding that America "shall remain crippled, staggering blindly."  My own sense is that our species continues to seek for meaning in familiar patterns of expression.  When we build our own vocabularies, we discover shared meaning through affiliation with others.  Literature and ritual are basically vessels of shared meaning (so is Beethoven's 3rd Symphony--and string theory equations).  O.K.?  There can be such richness in discovering and embracing "Story"--and shared meaning can be either a source of intoxicating nostalgia, and/or circumspect guidance for navigating personal or collective challenges through our Vale of Tears.  In developing Understanding, my sense is that we "set aside" what is sacred (even Homer's Odyssey) from what is secular.  IT'S ALL GOOD.