Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888 – 1965) British American Poet, Essayist and Social Critic
Queries made even more potent with the advent of Big Data and a Computer-Internet Life. Even as an atheist, I wanted to add this existential prelude:
“O perpetual revolution of configured stars, o perpetual recurrence of determined seasons, o world of spring and autumn, birth and dying! The endless cycle of idea and action, endless invention, endless experiment, brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness; knowledge of speech, but not of silence; knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word. All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance, all our ignorance brings us nearer to death, but nearness to death no nearer to God. Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries bring us farther from God and nearer to the Dust.”
The people come and go . . . still.
Thanks for adding more of Eliot’s words, Andy. I debated whether to add more but realized that if I started down that path, it might be a very slippery slope because the writing is so good. For those would would like to read all the choruses from The Rock, you can do so at this link.
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