Sunday, May 21, 2023

Thought for the Day

History tells us that with every great empire
comes great barbarism, that the two are inseparable, 
so that to diminish barbarism you must dismantle
the empires. This forces the question of what, really,
civilization brings to people that they did not already
have. And why is civilization so hard on the people
who turn it down?
~ Barry Lopez

Quoted from Barry Lopez, "Puerto Ayora" in Horizons (Vintage, 2019), p. 216

Barry Lopez (1945-2020), American Author, Essayist, Nature Writer, Fiction Writer

Barry Lopez Obituary at The New York Times, December 26, 2020 (Updated January 12, 2021)

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