Here are the rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five other people.
Since my computer is right next to a bookcase I had a hard time deciding what the nearest book to me was but settled on this one because it is a library book and therefore seems to be resting here more lightly.
From Christopher Lasch's The True and Only Heaven:
To forget, however, is also to forgive: at a time when the memory of former wrongs kept alive enmities that otherwise might have been allowed to die, even this curious plea for a historical scholarship afflicted with amnesia made a certain kind of sense.
Since the remembrance of past times had evidently done more to keep people apart than to bring them together, it is not surprising that cosmopolitan philosophers had little use for either of the disciplines formerly held in such high esteem, law and theology -- notoriously disputatious professions given to inclusive wrangling about precedents, about the interpretation of historical documents, and about the meaning of the past.
This is enough to remind me of why I wanted to read this in the first place - it moves up to the top of the pile on my reading list.
Now I tag Kevin, Mick, Aaron, Joe and Lindsey.