The Limits of Idealism

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Oktober 1999



If the truth be known, I am only a partially reformed idealist. In the secret depths of my soul, I still wish to make the world a better place and sometimes fantasize about heroically eradicating its faults. When I encounter its limitations, it is consequently with deep regret and continued surprise. How, I ask myself, is it possible that that which seems so fight can be a chimera? And why, I wonder, aren't people as courageous, smart, or nice as I would like? The pain of realizing these things is sometimes so intense that I want to close my eyes and lose myself in the kinds of daydreams that comforted me as a youngster. One thing is clear, my need to come to grips with my idealism had its origin in a lifetime of naivet6. From the beginning, I wanted to be a "good" person. Often when life was most treacherous, I retreated into a comer from whence I escaped into reveries of moral glory. When I was very young, my faith was in religion. In Hebrew school, I took my lessons seriously and tried to apply them at home. By my teen years, this had been replaced by an allegiance to socialism. In the Brooklyn where I grew up, my teachers and relatives made this seem the natural course. When I reached my twenties, however, and was obliged to confront a series of personal deficiencies, psychotherapy shouldered its way to the fore.


I. Idealism on Trial.
II. In the Name of Morality.
III. Messianic Stickball.
IV. Dreams or Nightmares.
V. Extreme
I: Radical Feminism.
VI. Extreme
II: Radical Civil Rights.
VII. Extreme
III: Radical Medicalism.
VIII. Luminosity Blindness.
IX. No Respect. Bibliography.
EAN: 9780306462115
ISBN: 0306462117
Untertitel: When Good Intentions Go Bad. 1999. Auflage. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 1999
Seitenanzahl: 272 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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