Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The Paradise of the Impatient and the Miserable

Walter M. Miller Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz, is the most depressing novel on the suicide of civilizations that I have read. Here’s a passage from the novel: “The closer men came to perfecting for themselves a paradise, the more impatient they became 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 to see 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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