Reading

I’m in the middle of several books:

Jacques Barzun’s From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life 1500 to the Present (2000)

Jesus’ Plan for a New World: The Sermon on the Mount (1996) by Richard Rohr, for a book group

Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (2007) for book group

and

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay (1841)

Here’s the opening of the preface in Mackay’s book:

“The object of the Author in the following pages has been to collect the most remarkable instances of those moral epidemics which have been excited, sometimes by one cause and sometimes by another, and to show how easily the masses have been led astray, and how imitative and gregarious men are, even in their infatuations and crimes.”

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