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The Last Word (?)

 
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ersatzredux



Joined: 15 Dec 2007
Location: Same as it ever was, same as it ever was

PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:57 pm    Post subject: The Last Word (?) Reply with quote

So it turns out I was right about everything after all Crying or Very sad . In the pathos of the random flailings of the dying American Empire the good recoil into fantasy and escapism, while the worst rule and continue outrage upon outrage with no end. Collapse is a matter of when and not if. The only question is whether it destroys the world by war on the way down. Too bad about that.

Anyway, looks like this is it for the once mighty Current Events Forum as well. How many hours crouched over my keyboard in my unheated office, furiously googling to back up my points. I could have probably gotten another degree or at least certificate for the all the time, research, and effort put into interminable arguments with other expat English teachers crouched over their keyboards furiously googling on their ends. Now a forgotten little corner of a fading site, only partially archived and so doomed to mostly disappear forever.

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I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

— Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Ozymandias"
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ersatzredux



Joined: 15 Dec 2007
Location: Same as it ever was, same as it ever was

PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:03 pm    Post subject: Or better yet, Reply with quote

T.S. Eliot wrote:
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

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Big_Bird



Joined: 31 Jan 2003
Location: Sometimes here sometimes there...

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad
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