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Thanks for this reflection, Ben. Enjoyed. Seems to me (non-algorithmic) Substack is one of the better online places to have genuine conversations and make benevolent connections. Wholeheartedly agree about the dangers of false affirmation in likes, and the obsession with views. There’s something really sinister in the wilful twisting of our natural need to be affirmed. Just assume I’ve sent a heart.

Also, it must be my imagination, but did Caravaggio presciently paint Donald Trump into the water?

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