Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

~ Yeats 1919

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The center was not holding. It was a country of bankruptcy notices and public-auction announcements and commonplace reports of casual killings and misplaced children and abandoned homes and vandals who misplaced even the four-letter words they scrawled. ~Joan Didion 1967
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Though we may dwell in hell, there are choices other than despair. This from bell hooks is a useful corrective to Yeats:
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Time to re-read Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett methinks.
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I don't understand why this poem is relevant to this event. Also, Yeats was a reactionary who feared the people rising up against the old order.
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Best read in the voice of G`Kar (Andre Katsulas)
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Yeats deserves crows in the foreground
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Call all the world's greatest artists, architects and engineers to rebuild this structure to glorify good and protect from evil. Glory to the Creator, strength of steel to reject the evil that manifests itself in the world. A home for relics of the Creator and art of the created.
Thread , and 🙏🙏🙏
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Surely some revelation is at hand.
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The drums beat and the flutes....
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Applying an apocalyptic verse (inherently a fantasy) to real loss seems a little bit freshman?
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And what rough beast His hour come round at last Slouches toward Bethlehem to be born.
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Things Fall Apart. Such appropriate prose. Thank you. Also, Chinua Achebe.
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A sign from God....
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Beautiful metaphor and so tragic
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I literally was thinking of this the other day, in relation to it's inclusion in "The Stand" and that's even more chilling at the moment.
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What rough beast slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?
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OMG, how excruciatingly apt
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Sounds like Henry Miller
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Oh my goodness! Thank you for sharing.
It feelslike all beauty is ending.
This image of the cathedral is just haunting. My heart goes out to Parisians.
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