Tuesday, December 01, 2009


Tell me this was not written in the last seven years:

In our present electric age the imploding or contracting energies of our
world now clash with the old expansionist and traditional patterns of
organization. Until recently our institutions and arrangements, social,
political, and economic, had shared a one-way pattern. We still think of it as
"explosive," or expansive; and though it no longer obtains, we still talk about
the population explosion and the explosion in learning. In fact, it is not the
increase of numbers in the world that creates our concern with population.
Rather, it is the fact that everybody in the world has to live in the utmost
proximity created by our electric involvement in one another's lives.

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