Prose on warring knowledges

What surprise is it that Progress and Afterlife are different murmurs of the same idea? Progress existed long before the Enlightenment in the minds of men: it is a 12th century Catholic invention. Anterior to that form was the imperial impulse of antiquity—the Progress of Borders. And the Afterlife, as the Progress of the Dead, speaks for itself. What eludes discovery is whether or not either notion not only rings of optimism, but also encapsulates the false. For hollow is he who suggests that man’s ideals outlive his body.

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~ by Jeremy on May 27, 2013.

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