Machiavelli: Reading, I forget every pain
Merwin: I was young and the dead were in other Ages

Liu Cixin: Nothing has disappeared

Riffle-Shuffle

“From a scientific perspective, ‘destroy’ isn’t really accurate. Nothing has disappeared. All the matter that used to be there is still there, and so is all the angular momentum. It’s only the arrangement of matter that has changed, like a deck of cards being reshuffled. But life is like a straight flush: once you shuffle, it’s gone.” 

Windfall, an astronomer, in Death’s End, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu

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