We’re All Doomed

As Thomas Gray penned some 270 years ago, “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.” We’re all doomed, either by our own hands or those of others to read the wheel of fate, ever repeating our failures and losses.

We're all doomed
We’re All Doomed To Repeat History

You see, George Santayana was overly optimistic when he wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” He only got it half right. He didn’t understand that, more often than not, those who do remember the past are just as doomed – or more so, because they can see what is happening – as those blissfully ignorant masses who, en mass, are the only ones with the power to effect change.

So I shall follow the true wisdom of King Solomon and too commend joy, for man has no good thing under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that his God has given him under the sun.

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The Universe spirals downward to dissolution while the Reaper sits by, drinking tea sweetened with dead stars.

Related Reading:

Philosophy 101: From Plato and Socrates to Ethics and Metaphysics, an Essential Primer on the History of Thought
The Last Puritan: A Memoir in the Form of a Novel
The Concept of Irony/Schelling Lecture Notes : Kierkegaard's Writings, Vol. 2
An Introduction to Philosophy
Blake's Water-Colours for the Poems of Thomas Gray: With Complete Texts (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)

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