The Age of Reason Begins

The Age of Reason Begins (The Story of Civilization VII) by Will Durant

Working off a fragment of a poem from Shah Abbas II which includes the lines “The wave is ignorant of the true nature of the sea; / How can the temporal comprehend the eternal?” the Durants, as they always seem to do, describe it perfectly: “If the music of Persian poetry eludes us, the enjoyment of Safavid art is not beyond our reach, for here is a speech that all can understand.” It is their communion with, appreciate for, and wonderful comments on history that makes the Durants peerless. Never before or since has grandeur, humility, and wordplay rested so well in the hearts of two people. Luckily their work is still available to us and we can, within our own chests, feel something quite close.