Schlimbesserung is a German word for “a so-called improvement that makes things worse,” elsewhere defined as a “disimprovement”. I found it in a comment on a blog I sometimes read, First Known When Lost. The word fits well the mood of this particular entry which begins:
I am conservative by nature. But please take note, dear readers: that is not a political statement. I have no interest whatsoever in the acts or omissions of presidents, prime ministers, premiers, princes, or other potentates. I feel the same way about utopian political schemes of any stripe, together with their mad inventors, purveyors, and true believers. We all know the ultimate end of chimerical, delusive, and disingenuous dream-worlds.
Typical of this blog, there is some good poetry (a less known one by C.S. Lewis), and good art, in this case a series of three renderings of the same view in three seasons, to my mind, a comment on how things can change and yet remain the same.
Read it all here.