Gerard Vanderleun was the author of American Digest and sadly he stepped into the clearing at the end of the path last night. He thought long and deeply about many things and then wrote about them brilliantly. I ran across this post of his a couple of days ago and it both perked me up and left me sad at how far our part of the world has fallen: https://americandigest.org/how-beautiful-we-were/
It captured, I think, the essence of the man. Please do give it a read. If you never read American Digest, head over and spend a few hours.