I draw strength from reflecting on what a privilege it is to be alive and what a privilege it is to have a brain that’s capable in its limited way of understanding why I exist and of reveling in the beauty of the world and the beauty of the products of evolution. The magnificence of the universe and the sense of smallness that gives us in space and in geologically deep time is humbling but in a strangely comforting way. It’s nice to feel you’re part of a hugely bigger picture.
For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: “It might have been!”
from “Maud Muller” by John Greenleaf Whittier
The History of English from the Open University.
This entertaining animation has some really fun facts about how English has changed throughout the ages.
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