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Over the weekend, I finished reading David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas - which I had started reading my second week in Greece. Though I had to take a chocolate/The Walking Dead break when one of my favorite characters killed himself. (Before you ask, I'm on Season 4 of The Walking Dead.) The book was very thick - physically, emotionally and mentally and I'm pretty sure that I missed quite a bit, so I'm planning to re-read it sometime in the next year. But who knows? There's so much to read and so little time to do it, and I think I've gathered quite a bit from the book without getting too mired into its intricacies. So we'll see.
Quote from David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas:
If we believe that humanity may transcend tooth & claw, if we believe divers races & creeds can share this world as peaceably as the orphans share their candlenut tree, if we believe leaders must be just, violence muzzled, power accountable & the riches of the Earth & its Oceans shared equitably, such a world will come to pass. I am not deceived. It is the hardest of worlds to make real. Torturous advances won over generations can be lost by a single stroke of a myopic president's pen or a vainglorious general's sword.
A life spent shaping a world I want [my child] to inherit, not one I fear [he] shall inherit, this strikes me as a life worth the living.
...now I'm a spent firework; but at least I've been a firework.