Exiled Thucydides knew
All that a speech can say
And what dictators do,
The elderly rubbish they talk
To an apathetic grave;
Analysed all in his book,
The enlightenment driven away,
The habit-forming pain,
Mismanagement and grief:
We must suffer them all again.
― W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
Unable to drain its own sickness, the building continued to rot from within.
Trapped in a downward spiral within a house of ruin.
A brand offers a feeling of reassurance when its products are always and everywhere the same.
― Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
When I think about human history and civilization, it always appears to be like a string: one extreme is old time and tradition; current and contemporary is the other. Interestingly, when we turn and join the two extremes together, it forms a perfect circle and creates a new language of art.
– Ah Xian