On the Banks of the Stream

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Civilization is a stream with banks.  The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting, and doing things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry.

The story of civilization is what happened on the banks.  Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river.

                                            —   Will Durant

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