Sunday, December 14, 2008

Forgive me. Sometimes I discover a classic, and then feel compelled to tell someone, something, that it is classic. Not very enlightening, I know, but this, from A Canticle for Leibowitz, seems so true that I had to write it down:

The closer men came to perfecting for themselves a paradise, the more impatient they seemed to become with it, and with themselves as well. They made a garden of pleasure, and became progressively more miserable with it as it grew in richness and power and beauty; for then, perhaps, it was easier for them to see that something was missing in the garden, some tree or shrub that would not grow. When the world was in darkness and wretchedness, it could believe in perfection and yearn for it. But when the world became bright with reason and riches, it began to sense the narrowness of the needle's eye, and that rankled for a world no longer willing to believe or yearn.

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