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The Shadow-Show

Excerpt from The Shadow-Show This world of ours is the Shadow-Show. We men and women are the silhouettes on the curtain. Adjusted to hidden wires by the finest mechanism, we are seen to be dancing furiously; and this we call life. A Shadow-Show indeed! And the sense of our unreality at times overpowering. What are we? Whence do we come? What does it all mean? The stage is fantastic, and the players; the only real thing is that mechanism of wires which science calls the "reign of law." "For man is man, and master of his fate," sings the poet, and Smiles, Lubbock, and other genial and wealthy persons chortle in the same strain. But old Omar knew better, and men of the calibre of AEschylus and Shakespeare and Ibsen have always known; free-will is very nearly an illusion. We are puppets. We are the sum of all dead men, the sport of all past happenings. We are present links in the endless chain of cause and effect, and as our structure is, so does our life inexorably unfold. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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