About as Unique as a Pint of Salt Water

When C.S. Lewis wrote of “men without chests,” he did not discover this phenomenon by googling it up on his iPhone. When Yeats wrote that “the center cannot hold,” he did not come to this conclusion in a sports bar with fifty television screens going, with the volume turned down on all of them so that we could hear the U2 song that was blaring over the crowd. If he had, it would have been appropriate, but he didn’t. Cultural decadence is something that has happened routinely to civilizations for millennia, and it is a sign of our cultural narcissism that we are somehow surprised by it happening to us. The surprise is not sincere, it is not honestly come by. Somebody really ought to read a book.

via About as Unique as a Pint of Salt Water.


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