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Bernard Cooper says that “Now is a tenuous tightrope between history-future and history-past”. Can we be sure that anything is ever that linear? Everything seems far more circuitous. A series of arcs and spirals. Clumsy movements finding purchase. Every movement iteerative. Every step steadier than the prior one. Sometimes backward. Sometimes forward. Sometimes back again. But always, come hell or highwater, one way or another, always moving on...

"The goal is not perfection...but a little bit better than before. Tarnished but not rotten. And that little bit had to be protected and nurtured and watched."

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