The Goddess & The Devil
The Prisoner True. Absolutely. I agree. We can’t see past History with perfect Clarity, but I would venture to aver that we can see it far more clearly than we can the Future. And, though I think both Past and Future to be infinitely large, with the Present being infinitely small, with each passing Moment, the Realm of History from any human Perspective, including our collective Perspective, grows ever larger … never smaller. And thus, with each passing Moment, there’s more that People may more clearly know than they did the Moment before. There’s more to learn from right now than there was just a Moment ago. Say that whenever you will, and you’ll always be right. So, human Society should, theoretically, exist in a State of constant Improvement, not one of Decay.
Yet, as I said, I agree with you. In some Ways, I think we do become more evil … assuming, that is, that Evil is Ignorance. But, is that the Case, really? And, if not … and you don’t think it is, in such simple Terms … then, what is it?
Marcus What is your Point, Man? What practical Purpose does such minute Examination serve? Of what Consequence is it in the Real World?
The Prisoner My Point is that no Human Being knows everything. When you examine Things carefully, you’ll realize that we really don’t know much of anything at all. If what we refer to as our Knowledge of Things in the World is based on the Experience, Communication and Consensus as to mere Appearances, which I believe it is …
~ The Goddess & The Devil, Act I, Sc.2, Ch.V
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