A child may ask, β€œWhat is the world’s story about?” And a grown man or woman may wonder, β€œWhat way will the world go? How does it end and, while we’re at it, what’s the story about?”

I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one, that has frightened and inspired us, so that we live in a Pearl White serial of continuing thought and wonder. Humans are caught β€” in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too β€” in a net of good and evil. I think this is the only story we have and that it occurs on all levels of feeling and intelligence. Virtue and vice were warp and woof of our first consciousness, and they will be the fabric of our last, and this despite any changes we may impose on field and river and mountain, on economy and manners. There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well β€” or ill?

β€” John Steinbeck

Something new from me, created during the protests in the wake of the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Now: cataloguing instances of police abuse and violence from social media that are seldom shown elsewhere

In the future: something more

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