Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Arc of History

... one of the lighter aphorisms of de Merlner.

Verse 63: Nova Conta, Section 8

L'arc de l'histoire (The Arc of History)

History is not geology or astronomy… it is human history: the decisions, hopes, and desires, translated into passionate actions by humans, therefore its trajectory is not written in stone or the stars.

For the wheel of history traces not a cycloid, or a disembodied moral arc leading us back to Eden or toward utopia, but the vector sum of the actions of individual humans, and therefore is not inevitable. 

(c) 2015 B. R. Strong, Jr.

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