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July 6, 2020
The phrase, cyclical horror, had been threaded into my reading by way of an anti-racist treatise where Zadie Smith proposed that the history of humanity is a liturgy of ‘brutality, murder, mass extinction, every form of venality and cyclical horror’; an opinion and explanation for why her youthful optimism had changed to cynical despair. Looking back on history there is a foreshortening and it seems that the path is inevitable, but it doesn’t explain the future. And this is why we cannot let history’s example show us how to behave. We can do better and we can be better people.