Occasionally I will pick up a random classic and start reading. I do this to prevent falling into a reading rut and to keep my mind sharp. I am always rewarded for the effort. Those who read this space are often subjected to those gems I find in plain sight.

What is most remarkable is how often something written centuries ago sounds contemporary. Clearly the immediate culture, language, and current events are different. Technology and geopolitics have run far ahead of where most of us could have even imagined a couple hundred years ago. There are, however, some things that are always worth discussing because the thoughts they provoke exist from beginning to end.

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