Monday, June 27, 2011

The war on civilization

World War I began on this day in 1914; it ended on this date also, in 1919.

"You can't say that civilization don't advance--in every war they kill you in a new way." -- Will Rogers.

   As far as the dregs of civilization went, he’d seen it all. The whole sad spectacle of jealousy, greed, vengeance, lust. Still, he had faith. The utmost credulousness together with the perfect cynicism. Which was truly the Shakespearean way to live, as somebody had written about someone. The villains in Shakespeare, when they were front and center you believed in them completely. You were ready to cast your lot with them. Their characters were truths.  --  Chapter 33, The Misforgotten.

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