[For Over Twenty-five Centuries We've Been Bearing The Weight Of Superb And Heterogeneous Civilizations, All From Outside, None Made By Ourselves, None That We Could Call Our Own. This Violence Of Landscape, This Cruelty Of Climate, This Continual Tension In Everything, And Even These Monuments Of The Past, Magnificent Yet Incomprehensible Because Not Built By Us And Yet Standing Round Us Like Lovely Mute Ghosts; All Those Rulers Who Landed By Main Force From Every Direction Who Were At Once Obeyed, Soon Detested, And Always Misunderstood, Their Only Expressions Works Of Art We Couldn't Understand And Taxes Which We Understood Only Too Well And Which They Spent Elsewhere: All These Things Have Formed Our Character, Which Is Thus Conditioned By Events Outside Our Control As Well As By A Terrifying Insularity Of Mind.]

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