Sunday Apr 11, 2010

Past Remains Prologue

Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he’s been given. But up to now he hasn’t been a creator, only a destroyer.

Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild lifes become extinct, the climate’s ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every
day.

—Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya, 1897

Reason is always fair game for rationalization and self-deception; but, when reason is led by aspirations of the soul, the equation is balanced as creation, which is another word for art.

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