Wednesday, May 20, 2009
We have but a fraction of the works of Aeschylus. Plays that won and defeated the poets whose works we have are destroyed. Literate civilizations have vanished with barely a trace. The Talmud was at one time on the edge of being lost. More recently Hollywood movies with famous actors have disappeared when their luminous nitrate stock film disintegrated or combusted. The records of millions of WW-II era veterans, my father among them, were destroyed in a fire at St Louis. The world is a fragile place. The loss of knowledge is an extinction, a world gone forever.