There are those who would have you believe the gravest battle being fought these days is not over land or resources, but over the clash of differing belief structures within your very own country. They refer to this as the ‘culture wars’. Culture wars? What culture wars? There’s no war on culture. There’s only the same old tired in-fighting, between your defensive insolence and someone else’s over-compensating arrogance. When I was a lad in University, we were having these exact same discussions; with just as much at stake, and all the venom of today’s variety. Believe me – there’s nothing new under the sun – it’s only new to those who don’t know their own history.
Ever may your cup be filled to overflowing – not with the wine which obscures the universe, but with that nectar of human intelligence and love which reveals it… EJ Liederstein (Said to be the response from the author, when asked to give a toast at some obscure friend’s granddaughters nuptials.) Picture from hubblesite.org
If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature (1836) Ch. 1, Nature.