David Brin is Cranky About Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien — enemy of progress — an excerpt:

Obsession with either past or future can almost define a civilization. Worldwide, most cultures believed in some lost golden age when people knew more, mused loftier thoughts and were closer to the gods — but then fell from grace. Under this dour but recurrent worldview, men and women of a later, coarser era can only look back with envy, hearkening to remnants of ancient wisdom.

Or as They Might Be Giants say in Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head:

Yes it’s sad to say you will romanticize
All the things you’ve known before
It was not not not so great
It was not not not so great

That said, I want to go see the movie.

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