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Chapter 2 - Found in my email archives


I was using the excellent mairix index program, looking for, of course, an old mail I thought I remembered writing years ago, having to do with the film Apocalypse Now. I didn't find what I imagined having written, but I did find a mail I had forgotten about that included a reference to that movie. Here it is:

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You have an aptitude, actually quite well developed, for noticing turns of events that can only come as the loss of hope for anyone who spent any time at all laboring in the progressive vineyards -- and I count myself as one of those. The mere possibility that, by careful thought and analysis, humankind might be persuaded to move away from its attachment to base, atavistic, and regressive responses to others of its kind must have had a powerful appeal for anyone who with eyes wide open scanned the surface of this dubious planet and saw only a succession of hell-holes of want and suffering, full to the brim with totally innocent victims.

Cosmopolitanism emerged as one of those beacons of hope. How certain we all were in the Sixties that human suffering flowed in an almost a straight line from the concept of the nation-state. Now, so many years later, as you notice in the UK, those principles -- which spoke so directly to our concerns of borders and sovereignty -- are fast fading -- for better or worse, to be replaced by God Knows What. It is a huge theme, obviously, and I submit these few remarks only to let you know that I am not oblivious to its ubiquitous presence on all our grand historical stages. My emotional response to it is, alas, not as temperate as yours. (No surprise there huh?) Where you can register a more or less delicately nuanced sense of the bittersweet, I remain mired in terror of what the future may bring, particularly in Europe.

Marlon Brando, in the role of Kurtz, intoning in _Apocalypse Now_ "The horror, the horror," is what comes to my mind.

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