Every literate civilization believes itself to be the Remnant, descending from righteous, not to say divine forebears, from whom also it has descended (or, more to the point, declined) in glory, majesty, power, discernment, virtue.

Its very literacy bespeaks a fear that the stories of the glorious ancestors, once so vital to the life of its people, are slipping away. The act of recording a story may be just one way of telling it, true, but in the teller's mind it's a way of telling it once for all, as if to say, "In case we get separated..."



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