Youwon’tbelievewhattheseguysdoforhumanity。

Riversofbloodhaveflowed,columnsofsmokehaveobscuredthesky,butsurvivingallthesedooms,thetraditionhasremainedinviolatedowntoourowntime。

Accordingtoit,theworldreposesuponthirty-sixJustMen,theLamed-Vov,indistinguishablefromsimplemortals;oftentheyareunawareoftheirstation。

Butifjustoneofthemwerelacking,thesufferingsofmankindwouldpoisoneventhesoulsofthenewborn,andhumanitywouldsuffocatewithasinglecry。

FortheLamed-Vovaretheheartsoftheworldmultiplied,andintothem,asintoonereceptacle,pourallour?

griefs。

InTheLastoftheJust,AndreSchwarz-BartwroteoftheLamedVovnicks,36menwho,theTalmudtells,bearthemiseryofallhumanitysothattherestofusmaysurvive。

Theydosoattremendouscosttothemselves。

(“[Some]remainforeverinconsolableathumanwoe,sothatGodhimselfcannotwarmthem。

”)TheytakeonthesorrowsthataretooterribleforustocontendwithandspareusfromtheLord’swrathbyvirtueoftheirrighteousness。

Buttimeschangeandourspecies’survivalbecomesdependentondifferentthings。

Thesufferingsofhumanityhaveperhapsgrowntoogreatforeventhepuresttocarryaroundwiththemastheygothroughtheirlife’sjourney;ifGodhasnotyetfoundcausetodestroytheworldforitsdepravityHehasclearlygivenuporstoppedpayingattentionaltogether。

No,inthisworldthe36menwhoendureouragoniesmusthoistadifferentsackofdiscomfortsupontheirweary?

frames。

Lookuponthem,ournewLamedVovnicks。

ThesearethemennowwhoofferthemselvesupasfuelfortheindignationenginethatpowerstheInternet,themachineweallusetodistractourselvesfromjusthowemptyweare。

Thesemen(andIknowIwillgetanargumentalongthelinesofwhyshouldtheyallbemen,buttrustme,ladies,thisisnottheareainwhichyouwanttoargueforequality)putthemselvesforward,timeandtimeagain,sothateveryonecanexpeltheirangerandoutrageandfeelbetteraboutthemselvesforthefewsecondsittakestotweetoutanexpressionofcontemptandsuperiority。

Nevermindthatthecomicalignorancetheydisplayisofnomatterormerit;theyarenottheretothrowoffsubstance。

Theyaretheirtosuffertheindignitiesthatwewishsobadlytocastofffromourselvesandplaceonsomeoneelse,someonewhoismorecapableoftakingthe?

weight。

TheLamedVovnicksneverrevealthemselves。

Insomeversionsofthelegendtheydon’tevenknowthatthisistheroletheyhavebeengiven。

ButIthinkweareallprettyawarethat,ofourcurrentLamedVovnicks,theother35paleincomparisontowriterJonathanFranzen,whomustknowthatnogoodcanevercomeoftalkingtothepressaboutanythingandyetcontinuestodoso。

Whydoesheputhimselfinsuchaposition?

TheonlypossibleexplanationistheoneI’vegivenyouright?

here。

Anyway,ifyouhavenotseentheentireinterviewalreadythroughvariousscreenshotsoverthelastfewhours,goaheadandreadit。

Thereareanynumberof,uh,interestingthoughtsexpressedforyoutoenjoy,butmyparticularfavoriteis?

this:

I’msonotconfrontational;Idon’tthinkofmyselfasabraveperson,butIsuspectthatifthiscountryfellintofascism,andjournalistswerebeingpersecutedandfreedomofspeechwasbeingtrampledon,Iwouldprobablystandupandgetmyselfshotoverit,justbecausethereareafewthingsIreallycare?

about。

Thereisalotonecouldsayhere,butIdon’twanttofallintotheroleofsomeonewhoshiftshisshameontotheshouldersofamanwhomsomanyothersarealreadyweighingdown。

Iwillsimplydirectyoutooneofthegreatest,truestaccountingsofmankindthatIknow。

ButIdigress。

Don’tgooverboardwithallthegnashingandthewailingaboutJonathanFranzen:Youlovehim。

Youcouldn’tlivewithouthim。

Hegivesyoupurpose。

Hekeepsyoufromdespair。

He’sdoingitforyou。