Thought for the Day

It wasnt a city, it was a process, a weight on the world that distorted the land for hundreds of miles around.  People whod never see it in their whole lives nevertheless spent their life working for it.  Thousands and thousands of green acres were part of it, forests were part of it.  It drew in and consumed…
…and gave back the dung from its pens and the soot from its chimneys, and steel, and saucepans, and all the tools by which its food was made.  And also its clothes, and fashions and ideas and interesting vices, songs and knowledge and something which if looked at in the right light, was called civilization.  Thats what civilization meant.  It meant the city.

Night Watch – Terry Pratchett