“It is a mark of truth that the same truth can be approached by many roads.” —Gene Wolfe
I ran across this early this morning, and followed the link to Wolfe’s 2001 essay, “The Best Introduction to the Mountains.” Wolfe describes his discovery of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and what he learned from it. A sampling:
It is said with some truth that there is no progress without loss; and it is always said, by those who wish to destroy good things, that progress requires it. No great insight or experience of the world is necessary to see that such people really care nothing for progress. They wish to destroy for their profit, and they, being clever, try to persuade us that progress and change are synonymous.
Read the whole thing.