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February 23, 2007

TT: Almanac

"The people won't forgive when the future custodian of a broken statue, a stripped wall, a desecrated grave, tells everyone who passes by, 'Yes—yes, all this was destroyed by the revolution.' The destroyers wear nihilism like a cockade—they think they destroy because they're radicals. But they destroy because they're disappointed conservatives—let down by the ancient dream of a perfect society where circles are squared and conflict is cancelled out. But there is no such place and Utopia is its name. So until we stop killing our way towards it, we won't be grown up as human beings. Our meaning is in how we live in an imperfect world, in our time. We have no other."

Tom Stoppard, Salvage

Posted February 23, 2007 12:00 PM

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