The response to the last item here was generally negative, which should surprise no one, since it was a generally negative sort of piece. It did, however, accurately reflect the mood of the moment, somewhere between down and despondent, a territory I know rather well but hesitate to describe in too much detail. And it was, in essence, a rather long list of doubts, which begs the question: "So what do you believe in?" (Or, for that matter, "In what do you believe?") The facile answer these days is to fall back on the words of Crash Davis, but I remind you (and myself) that at no point did he ever have any kind of shot at Annie Savoy.

That said, I believe the following:

  • I believe that all four seasons are equally necessary, but spring is the one to cherish.
     
  • I believe that while business failures are inevitably attributed to bad luck or poor timing or the actions of the Federal Reserve or some other external factor, the actual cause is usually self-indulgent, incompetent management.
     
  • I believe that respect for one another's differences is far more useful to a relationship than having no differences at all.
     
  • I believe that most designs for Utopia give mankind credit for way too much intelligence.
     
  • I believe that the phrase "the most beautiful woman in the world" does not, in and of itself, imply a dress size.
     
  • I believe that the usefulness of a religion is inversely proportional to its specificity.
     
  • I believe that to the extent science encourages us to expect the possibility of human immortality, it does us a disservice.