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From the final episode of Carl Sagan's Cosmos. This quote gave me chills:

Alexandria was the greatest city the western world had ever seen. People from all nations came here to trade, to live, to learn... On a given day, these harbors were throng with merchants, scholars, tourists... it's probably here that the word cosmopolitan realized its true meaning, of a citizen not just of a nation, but of the cosmos. to be a citizen of the cosmos!

here were clearly the seeds of our modern world, but why didn't they take root and flourish? why, instead, did the west slumber through 1,000 years of darkness until Columbus, Copernicus and their contemporaries rediscovered the work done here?

i cannot give you a simple answer, but i do know this. there is no record in the entire history of the library that any of the illustrious scholars and scientists ever seriously challenged a single political, economic or religious assumption of the society in which they lived. The permanence of the stars was questioned, but the injustice of slavery was not.
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