Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Things that don't last, and those that should

Giustizia mosse il mio alto fattore;
fecemi la divina podestate,
la somma sapïenza e 'l primo amore.
Dinanzi a me non fuor cose create,
Se non etterne, e io etterno duro.

Justice moved my high maker, in power divine,
Wisdom supreme, love primal. No things were
Before me not eternal; eternal I remain.

— Dante Alighieri, Inferno, canto III (as translated by Robert Pinsky)

Global hegemony shouldn't last, and doesn't:

The Raj

Human languages should flourish and endure. Through no fault of their speakers, some teeter on the verge of extinction:

Arapaho on the brink


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