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“… not again in all the world’s turning will there be terrains so wild and barbarous to try whether the stuff of creation may be shaped to man’s will or whether his own heart is not another kind of clay.”

this from BLOOD MERIDIAN by Cormac McArthy reading “No Country For Old Men” had a deep effect on me… one of the themes thats hammered home is that of the man of yesterday as opposed to the man of today… so i was thinking about the election coming and the future etc… certainly if we are fortunate enough to have everyone turn out for Obama, still i feel sorry for the poor bastard whoever it is as they try to dig out from the last period of government… what a way for Bush to leave office; with the country in more trouble than ever… 35 billion for ‘secret defense (sic) spending’ when i was a kid everything that was cheap and disposable came from Japan… now thats reversed… what’s gonna happen when the same is true for China? when China is one of the world leaders in technology and manufacturing? well, my wife yesterday said as we were driving in the local strip of malls and car dealerships that ‘these signs will all have chinese characters soon’ the world of Blade Runner will be here… see in ‘… Old Men’ we hear again and again how the people of the past never in their wildest dreams would have seen what is going on today… we may have a better vision of the future but there’s a lot, probably a real lot that we aren’t seeing… i didn’t used to think that, in fact i frequently said that this was perhaps the only period in history when humanity had such a clear picture of its future… now i don’t think that