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– William Cowper, quoted in Number 11
According to the Buddha’s teaching of dependent arising, nothing — not even an atom or a particle — exists as a thing unto itself, but everything depends on everything.
So if that teaching, known for short as emptiness, is true, then the answer to Cowper’s question is that satire has the power to change everything.
And so his conclusion about Leviathan might be too pessimistic, or too nihilistic.