Signs of the Times

[Extracts from "The Salvaging of Civilization," by H. G. Wells]

"You will accuse me of wanting to bury and forget Aristotal and Plato, Heraclitus and Lucretius, and so forth and so on. But I don't want to do that—so far as their thought is still alive. So far as their thought is still alive, these men will come into the discussion of living questions now. If they are Ancients and dead, then let them be buried and left to the archaeological excavator. If they are still Moderns and alive—I defy you to bury them if you are discussing living questions in a full and honest way. But don't go hunting after them, there are still modern Immortals in the darkness of a forgotten language. Don't make a superstition of them. Let them come hunting after you. Either they are unavoidable if your living questions are fully discussed, or they are irrelevant and they do not matter."

August 13, 1921

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