Civilization, Chris Rock, & Will Smith
A civilized person is one “…with inborn instincts inhibited.”
That phrase stopped me short, even though it was embedded — mid-paragraph, page two — in Peter Schjeldahl’s review of “As They Saw It: Artists Witnessing War,” the current exhibit at The Clark (The New Yorker, March 22, 2022).
I like to think of civilization as an unalloyed, if imperfect, good. The accumulation…