Accentuate the negative

Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 23.44.25It is easier, writes Dalrymple,

to be interesting about the bad than about the good.

And writing about the good

can easily descend into mere moral uplift.

Besides,

we live in an age when the slightest sign of complacency, as exemplified by counting your blessings, is regarded by the intelligentsia almost as indifference to the suffering of the world. How can anyone be so callous as to enjoy anything when there is civil war in the southern Sudan?

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