If not now, then when?"
(popularized by Barack Obama)
the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
(George Bernard Shaw)
(Climate camp, Heathrow, 2007)
(John Guillebaud, British Medical Journal: www.bmj.com/cgi/eletters/335/7630/1104#182503)
(Monty Don, Broadcaster and Chairman of the Soil Association
floating a few feet above a field somewhere, people would come from
everywhere to marvel at it. People would walk around it marvelling at its big
pools of water, its little pools and the water flowing between. People would marvel
at the bumps on it and the holes in it. They would marvel at the very thin layer of
gas surrounding it and the water suspended in the gas. The people would marvel at all
the creatures walking around the surface of the ball and at the creatures in the water.
The people would declare it as sacred, because it was the only one, and they would protect
it so that it would not be hurt. The ball would be the greatest wonder known, and people
would come to pray to it, to be healed, to gain knowledge, to know beauty and to wonder
how it could be. People would love it and defend it with their lives because they
would somehow know that their lives could be nothing without it.
If the Earth were only a few feet in diameter.