Tuesday 22 August 2017

Man's inhumanity to man never ends, as history repeats itself

A refugee couple and their children walk along rail tracks in Macedonia
A refugee couple and their children walk along rail tracks in Macedonia
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Given the dreadful news cycle, one would be forgiven for thinking the world is falling apart. We have been here before. TS Eliot began his dark masterpiece, 'The Waste Land', in 1919 after the horrors of World War I, depicting a world on the edge of ruin.

Bob Dylan took up the theme some 40 years later with songs such as 'Desolation Row' and 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall', the latter seen by many as the view of the world following a nuclear war.

Later on, the Los Angeles-based poet Charles Bukowski wrote about a world in chaos in his poem 'Dinosauria, We'. Human history seems to have one constant - its ability to repeat the horrors of war by even greater horrors touched on by Leonard Cohen in his song 'Anthem': "Bought and sold and bought again the dove is never free".

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