"When the sun rises, do you not see a round disc of fire somewhat like a guinea?"
"O no, no, I see an innumerable company of the heavenly host crying "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty.''
I’m not unhappy anymore. I had another one of those epiphathingummys.
The generation growing up today is smarter than any that has gone before. They know more stuff. They have more stuff to know. They will have more power to remake the world and themselves than any previous generation. And they will have to – remake the world, that is – since they will have lived through the collapse of the stupid unsustainable system we have cobbled together. So they will have to work for a living. And I am confident that they will do a good job of it.
I am proud and happy to be part of the creation of this new world at one remove: to spend my working life pointing people at shiny amazing stuff to know about and enthusing about how shiny and amazing it is, and trying to figure out new stuff for people to know. This seems to me to be the best possible way to spend my time.
I believe that what I believe is true: and I believe that the truth will out. So even if we go down a wrong turning and become more stupid and evil in a thousand ways, eventually we will be replaced by people who are not stupid and evil, because stupid and evil are not survival traits for civilisations.