“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” Thus wrote Charles Dickens in his novel, A Tale Of Two Cities. Let us not lose sight of the good, but let us not be Pollyannas either. The good is that the YouTube videos are available, which they weren’t 20 or 30 years ago. The bad is that no Pollyanna approach can ultimately work and we are going to have to face facts. The trick is to be not overcome by pessimism or Pollyanna-ism, but to walk the razors edge. (“The pathway to salvation is as narrow and as difficult to walk as a razor’s edge.” – W. Somerset Maugham)
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Best Of Times”, published to YouTube on March 7, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 8 minutes and 53 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
The actual quote from the W. Somerset Maugham novel, The Razor’s Edge, is given as, “The sharp edge of a razor is difficult to pass over; thus the wise say the path to Salvation is hard.” The line is taken from a verse in the Katha-Upanishad. 
The razor’s edge is between the best of times and the worst of times. That in turn is from the Charles Dickens novel, A Tale Of Two Cities:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Can YOU walk “the razor’s edge” between Pollyanna-ism and Nihilism? On the one hand is kneejerk nihilism, pretending to be conspiracy theory – which it is not. (Any idiot can be a kneejerk nihilist; but to be a conspiracy theorist you need wide knowledge on obscure subjects.) On the other hand is Pollyanna-ism, for example the Romper Room philosophy denoted by the question, “Is the glass half empty, or is the glass half full?” (Try asking that question to someone at Auschwitz or at Andersonville and you’ll see the Romper Room philosophy breaks down.)
A “razor’s edge” situation is seen in Paul Joseph Watson’s video interview of Lauren Southern, published to YouTube on March 7, 2016 under the title, “Meet The Cute Blonde Who Hates Feminists.” The “anti-fascists” battled the “fascists” and Lauren Southern, in the middle of it, had urine dumped on her. But WHO are the real “fascists”? “Right wing” and “left wing” are, in other words, the Black Fascists and the Red Fascists. The Black Fascists are called such from the “blackshirts” of the Benito Mussolini dictatorship in Italy. The Red Fascists derive from the Communist “reds” and before that from the French Revolution and its Reign of Terror, described by Dickens as both the best of times and the worst of times.
Can YOU walk the razor’s edge between kneejerk nihilism and Pollyanna-ism? “The sharp edge of a razor is difficult to pass over; thus the wise say the path to Salvation is hard.”
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 “The Razor’s Edge”, Wikipedia, March 8, 2016.