After a year of heavy reading (and drinking), I’ve come to conclude that Hegel is the greatest thinker in the history of the West. It’s not that I agree with with his ideas (which are almost always wrong) or what he thinks about but with how (the way) he thinks about things. His thoughts are filled with magic, invention, and twisted humor. It takes forever to understand what he is saying, but once you’ve cracked the code—the gates open to a grey palace in the grey clouds. Hegel died a long time ago.