"The Vikings, who were hunting for narwhals in the cold Arctic waters, sold their tusks to the superstitious European nobility, advertising them as unicorn horns. Demand was high because the naïve Southerners were convinced beyond doubt that unicorns truly existed. Not that anybody had seen one. People just yearned to believe in made-up stories."
Chasing the Horizon, an excerpt from the Atlas of Prejudice, Volume 2 by Yanko Tsvetkov. (via atlasofprejudice)
Sounds like things haven’t changed much :-)
"Education doesn’t make you happy. Nor does freedom. We don’t become happy just because we’re free – if we are. Or because we’ve been educated – if we have. But because education may be the means by which we realize we are happy. It opens our eyes, our ears, tells us where delights are lurking, convinces us that there is only one freedom of any importance whatsoever, that of the mind, and gives us the assurance – the confidence – to walk the path our mind, our educated mind, offers."
— Iris Murdoch (via observando)
In spite of Putin, Russian demographics are not improving according to this article in Vanity Fair.