The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies
by CHRIS HEDGES
Jan 26, 2014 | 499 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle. He is to us what William Shakespeare was to Elizabethan England or Fyodor Dostoyevsky to czarist Russia.

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