We live in a time of death and rebirth.
Over a hundred years ago, William Butler Yeats wrote in his poem “The Second Coming” that things were falling apart and that “the best lack all conviction, while the worst/ are full of passionate intensity.”
He was writing about a world ravaged by the effects of World War I and the Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918, which had managed to reach just about every corner of the globe.
A century later, things are falling apart at a level Yeats couldn’t have imagined:The “passionate intensity” of hate builds paranoid communities on the internet. Political efforts [...]