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The Question (ID Number 585)...

    I recently recieved a copy of "Time" magazine in the mail, with a special report on how we can save the world. I looked at it with dread, and when I began to read, it was as I anticipated: more programs. Even more frustrating, they spoke of methods of producing more food for people, which we all know where that gets us. I thought to myself, "'Time' should do an article on Daniel Quinn." Anyway, I suppose my question is, what is your reaction to this "special report"?

    ...and the response:

    The headline on the cover was "How To Save the Earth." If the editors got around to revealing that secret, I'm afraid I missed it. On the whole, it laid out a vast pall of old bad news, with a few rather feeble rays of hope, reinforcing the idea that (as Ishmael put it), "We must have faith in our craft. After all, it has brought us this far in safety. What's ahead isn't doom, it's just a little hump that we can clear if we all just pedal a little harder. Then we'll soar into a glorious, endless future, and the Taker Thunderbolt will take us to the stars and we'll conquer the universe itself."

    Note: This Special Report, consisting of many different articles, appeared August 26, 2002.


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