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Some people just like waiting for the barbarians. Even if there aren't any barbarians out there.



It is a fantasy that is quite useful to some people, and seemingly very amusing in some sort of perverse way to others.


For those who don't get your reference, Waiting for the Barbarians is a poem by C P Cavafy.

http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=119&cat=1


It's also a Nobel prize winning novel by J. M. Cotzee. The allusion works either way.




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