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Ozymandias, King of Penguins

I stumbled across this photograph several days ago, and am endlessly cheered by it: the shipwreck’s skeleton a classic symbol of human aspirations broken and forgotten and on the shoals of fate, as embodied by nature; but the penguins give fate’s indifference a comic, even absurd, aspect.

All dreams, in the end, come to nothing; whatever.

Image: "Wreck of the ‘Gratitude’, Macquarie Island, 1911," from the collection of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales . Desktop backgrounds here .

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