Climate change Miscellaneous writing

Praise of Folly

To sum up , if you could look down from the moon…on the countless hordes of mortals, you’d think you saw a swarm of flies or gnats quarrelling amongst themselves, fighting, plotting, stealing, playing, making love, being born, growing old and dying. It’s hard to believe how much trouble and tragedy this tiny little creature can stir up, shortlived as he is, for sometimes a brief war or an outbreak of plague can carry off and destroy many thousands at once.

Erasmus, Praise of Folly (1971). Penguin Books, London. Translated Betty Radice. (First published in 1511.)