We cannot renounce our fates anymore than we can change the past; our lives have a very deep order that exerts far more force, a far stronger force, than the weak force of our ‘intentions.’ The individual is a kind of abstraction or dream that merges from the vertical and horizontal (multidimensional) grid of social and biological forces.

It took six billion years to evolve language, but only a few thousand, beyond that point, to evolve a Shakespeare, Milton, or Joyce.

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