Ladle of civilization

The thoughtless, wisdom-worn, listless, list-laden leaders tarried in the tedium of grafting sign-language onto apes, English onto Africans, individualism onto Asians, subtlety onto Arabs, honesty onto Jews, inclusion for its own sake onto Europeans, garrulousness onto fathers, stoicism onto mothers, self-respect onto scientists, and so on—clamoring to compress the world’s worrying diversity into convenient, manageable, interchangeable modules; and to thus prove that nothing is anything, that everything is the same as everything else, and that billions of years ago nothing exploded—through processes as meaningless as they were convenient—birthing the myriad majesties which we now see.

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