Living Archive

“When the present becomes unbearable there are two means of escaping it: the past and the future. Plato chose the second, assigning happiness a place in his Utopia… but humanity equally indulged in… nostalgia. Established as an absolute, the past also becomes a refuge. Only when men sense the waning of a civilisation do they suddenly become interested in its history and, probing, become aware of the force and uniqueness of the ideas it has fostered. Hegel said that the owl of Wisdom appears only at twilight.” – Germain Bazin

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