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Charlotte Allen on the Human Condition

"What Can We Reasonably Hope For? A Millennium Symposium", First Things 99 (Januray 2000): 14-16

[W]e can take comfort from the things that have survived for 2,000 years and are likely still to be around when another thousand have passed: wine and song; dogs and ball games; parties and horoscopes; sandals and earrings; the Greek and Latin classics; lovely young ladies and obnoxious aunts; courage and hope and fear of death; the love of parents for their children.