Tuesday, January 15, 2008

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.”

Corpse & garbage in the streets of Adhamiya. photo via Iraq Today. Click for LARGE size.

2008: A Year in Limbo

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand...

....And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

-- William Butler Yeats, "The Second Coming" (1921)

Sara Robinson has written a series at Orcinus you should read.

2008: A Year in Limbo

Part I: A Year in Limbo
Part II: Hold on Tight to Your Dream
Part III: Where There Is No Vision, The People Perish
Part IV: On Denial, Collapse, and the Laws of Physics
Part V: Which Rough Beast? -- A Conclusion

Go. Read now.