"The urge to destruction, like the urge to creation, is a defiance of limits; we transcend ourselves by refusing to accept completely anything that is human, and then indomitably we begin fabricating again." I stumbled on this fascinating little quote by Richard Ellmann, and I felt if nothing else it would be fun to share it with you lot. As a community of writers I'd like to ask what you think of Ellmann's statement. As writers, are we transcending ourselves in a positive way? How do we really compare to the people who transcend via destructive tendencies? I find it perhaps a touch scary that in our desire to transcend, often people will choose destruction. It is after all, far easier to destroy than create. Of all the people I know there are very few who have the patience and will to write a book, but many people who would burn a book for mere amusement. Writing a great book is a grueling process that takes a lot of time. Burning a book takes minutes, if even that.