Maybe desperation has something to do with the incessant calls for an end to capitalism, in spite of the historically recent failures of almost every socialist government in the world. When people are desperate, they’ll grasp at anything. And I don’t know what category the following statement is going to put me in. But I tend to think even if socialism had survived, in the long run, it wouldn’t be any more of a bedrock for happiness than any other economic strategy. The way I see it the problem doesn’t lie with economics, it rests with biologically inferior human nature, the fact that cockroaches have more decency and intelligence within them than people do. Because of that, there is no sociopolitical system of any kind which is going to be impervious to failure. The Catholics are a bunch of people with whom I’ve had an affinity for a long time, though I‘m not one of them. This is probably a good thing too. Surely, I would be cast out of the Church for my differing point of view regarding the nature of life on this planet. Far from there being anything, “sacred,” about life, to me it’s all a curse and a very cruel joke.