An American Child Supreme: The Education of a Liberation by John Nichols

By John Nichols

John Nichols used to be raised through a kin as American because the Stars and Stripes. He loved a top-notch inner most university schooling and at 23 wrote a best-selling novel, The Sterile Cuckoo. At that time, he thought of himself “a baby blessed through the tradition and fated for delirious success.” besides the fact that, a visit to Guatemala derailed his golden-child lifestyles and set him on a really various course towards social and environmental activism. This e-book charts Nichols’s wealthy and sometimes tormented trip out of his sheltered middle-class existence towards a trust in what he calls “liberation ecology.”

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Who wants to feel bad because others are suffering? Give me a break, please. If I bought into Alan's leftist political arguments, how could I enjoy my triumphs? Back at Hamilton, all of us burgeoning writers, artists, and musicians had dreamed about this type of glory. And believe 52 me, when you've got the million-to-one shot in the palm of your hand, you just want to squeeze and hang on tight and to hell with Guatemala. Alan gave me Charles and Mary Beard's twovolume work, The Rise ofAmerican Civilization.

Why do you still harp on tbis sterility of politics bit and its dichotomy with art? Politics is not simply elections and dull speeches by duller people. It is the dynamics of the social system in which we live, & that covers a lot of territory. Don't you think Hemingway, Steinbeck, Penn Warren, 40 even Fitzgerald (Gatsby) were interested, intently interested, in the way men organized their society? , S. Lewis, Orwell, Vidal, Dostoyevsky (who spent I forget how many years in prison for a "political crime")!

That miserable country was like a ghostly homeless person that I had to step over every time I started off in another direction with cash jingling in my pockets. Guatemala made it impossible for me to feel comfortable or free. Like it or not, Guatemala insisted that everything is interconnected and that the price of wealth for some is an ache of want for many. Ignoring this principle, we can run roughshod with impunity. Acknowledging it requires a whole new set of assumptions. It's not easy to be genuinely compassionate in America.

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