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WE DO NOT LIVE IN THE SHADOW We do not live in the shadow of the pyramids, or of the great cathedrals, or of the Eiffel Tower, or of the Titanic, or of cities abandoned or destroyed, or of ancient graveyards, sometimes unearthed by highway construction, or of more modern graveyards, closer to home, but we pass through these shadows with some often unstated sense of their presence; a passage that at first seems nearly random, an anecdotal awareness of whatever sense of the culture into which we are born rises up into the enterprise of that day’s living; a self-serving illusion of coherence cannot be dismissed, nor may it be fairly embraced;
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