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I wish I could capture into words the world view when this song was written compared to the world view today.
There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship’s smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
We lived in a civilizational luxury, at the cost of continuous civilizational warfare. We were dragging mankind out of the dark. But in doing it paid too high a price.
The collapse of communism was good for mankind.
The collapse of the russian empire, rather than its conversion into a conservative version of european civilization on the eastern european model is the great catastrophe of the second half of the twentieth century.
If you had told me that a decade ago I would have disagreed.