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Lovecraftian Politics
Bar Harbor
Probably the most famous words that H.P. Lovecraft ever wrote for the opening to “The Call of Cthulhu”:
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.
As Alan Moore pointed out in a recent interview, fundamentalist preachers and politicians seem to have validated that last sentence as prophecy. “A new dark age” is exactly what they are trying to bring about.


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