A “Renaissance” is a profoundly paradoxical and ambiguous affair, and usually an apocalyptic one. It just means “rebirth”. There’s no reason to idolise a Renaissance because it could just as well be the rebirth of Yeats’ “rough beast” in his poem The Second Coming — the riddling sphinx-like creature slouching towards Bethlehem from the desert […]

via Wholeness and the Overview Effect — The Chrysalis

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