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Quod genus hoc hominum? Quaeve hunc tam barbara morem permittit patria? Hospitio prohibemur harenae; bella cient primaque vetant consistere terra. Si genus humanum et mortalia temnitis arma, at sperate deos memores fandi atque nefandi.
What species of human beings are these? What nation is so sunken into barbarity as to permit this conduct? They deny us the hospitality of the shore; they make war upon us to prevent us from reaching the land’s edge. You who despise humanity and the rules of arms, remember: the Gods keep count of your transgressions.
–Publius Vergilius Maro, Aeneid bk i, 539-43 (19 BCE)(S.H. transl.)
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“Civilization masks us with a screen, from ourselves and from one another, with thin depth of unreality. We habitually live — do we not? — in a world self-created, half established, of false values arbitrarily upheld, largely inspired by misconception, misapprehension, wrong perspective, and defective proportion, misapplication.”