Creation Myth

“In the beginning, there was universal Nothing.
Then Nothing said No to itself and thereby begat Something, which called itself Yes.
Then No and Yes, cohabiting, begat Maybe.
Next all three, in a menage a trois, begat Guilt.
And Guilt was of many names:
Mine, Thine, Yours, Ours, His, Hers, Its, Theirs–and Order.
In time things so came to pass that two of its names, Guilt and Order,
Honoring their great progenitors, Yes, No, and Maybe, begat History.
Finally, History fell a-dreaming and dreamed about Language–
(And that brings us to critics-who-write-critiques-of-critical-criticism.)”
by Kenneth Burke

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